Troops from the 6 Division Nigerian Army have taken action against illicit activities in Delta state, where they dismantled 8 active makeshift oil refining operations, 14 storage containers holding stolen crude oil, amounting to an estimated 200,000 liters, and confiscated an additional 90,000 liters of locally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).
According to a statement by Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, this operation adheres to the established guidelines of Operation Delta Safe.
Nwachukwu also mentioned that the perpetrators of these illegal activities fled upon encountering the advancing troops, and an ongoing investigation is underway to apprehend these fugitives.
He said, “On 23 August 2023, troops conducting anti-oil theft operations, responding to actionable intelligence swooped on an illegal oil refinery site in the general area of Ogbokoko and Atu in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
“During the operations troops destroyed 8 active Ovens used for illegal refining of stolen crude oil, 14 storage reservoirs containing stolen crude oil estimated at 200,000 litres and 90,000 litres of locally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) in Delta state.
“Members of the public are please implored to report any suspected act of sabotage or criminality to security agencies to enhance ongoing operations to curb economic sabotage in the country.
“Nigerian Army will continued to crack down on saboteurs of Nigeria’s oil sector in South South Nigeria”, he said.
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