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Sunday, 2 August 2015

At Last: Niger Delta oil thieves arrested

The Joint military Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta’s Operation Pulo Shield claimed it arrests 18 suspected oil thieves and destroyed 31 illegal oil refineries in multiple raids since July.
In a statement on Sunday Lt.-Col. Isa Ado, Media Coordinator of the JTF, in Yenagoa stated that troops deployed at Iguododo community and Chanomi Escravos in Orhionmwon and Warri South West Local Government Areas of Edo and Delta discovered and destroyed 15 illegal refining camps.

He said the suspects operated with four Cotonou boats, seven plastic reservoirs, 34 drums, 21 surface tanks filled with illegally refined Automated Gas Oil.
Other items discovered and destroyed were 21 cooking ovens and eight pumping machines while other suspects had fled on sighting the troops.
“The squad also arrested 16 suspects for other criminal offences ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, sea piracy, cultism and pipeline vandalism.
“Items recovered from them include locally made gun with live rounds of ammunition and axe. The suspects are in custody of the JTF for preliminary investigation before handing them over to prosecuting agency,รข€� Ado’s statement added.
It explained that troops deployed at Ughelli in Delta following a distress call from Afiesere community arrested a notorious armed robbery suspect with a locally made short gun and three live cartridges.
The suspect, his recovered gun and cartridges, were handed over to prosecuting agency while a stolen motorcycle recovered from him was handed over to the owner.
Meanwhile, the JTF in conjunction with Southern Ijaw Oil and Gas Task Force destroyed 16 illegal bunkering sites along Obi creek, Gbenekrukru, Oloma and Ogbonga waterways of Bayelsa and Rivers, respectively.
The sites were destroyed along with metal tanks and Cotonou boats filled with stolen crude oil although no arrest was made as the operators of the illicit act had fled.

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