By Princess-Ekwi Ajide, Abuja
September 4 (Newshour.com.ng) – Troops of the Nigerian Army says its operations in conjunction with personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have continued to crack down on saboteurs of Nigeria’s oil sector in Southern Nigeria.
Troops of 181 Amphibious Battalion in its anti-oil theft operations on Saturday 2nd September 2023, cracked down on oil thieves’ camps in Owahwa Creek in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta state.
According to a statement signed by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu in the crackdown, the vigilant troops discovered 12 active illegal refining sites, 60 crude oil cooking ovens, 14 reservoirs, 6 wooden boats laden with stolen crude and 470 sacks of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) concealed in the camps.
The statement noted that the troops in a related operation also intercepted a vehicle conveying 25 polytene bags of suspected illegally refined AGO in Ogbodu Community in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State.
Meanwhile, troops of three Battalion, in a similar operation, intercepted two wooden boats ladened with stolen crude in Tsekelewu, Warri North Local Government Area of Delta state and arrested two suspects in connection with the crime.
Both suspects and the illegal products ccording to the statement, have been handed over to NSCDC personnel attached to Tantita Security Services for further action.
It enjoined members of the public to report any suspected act of sabotage or criminality to security agencies to enhance ongoing operations to curb economic sabotage in the country.