39 Illegal Refineries Destroyed Across Niger Delta.
In the last two weeks, Operation Delta Safe troops have discovered and destroyed 39 illegal refining sites, 91 cooking ovens, 24 reservoirs, 17 large dugout pits, and 96 storage tanks.
In addition, the troops have killed 37 suspected terrorists and arrested 17 others.
Major General Benard Onyeuko, Director, Defence Media Operations, made the disclosure yesterday at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja, saying that a total of 637,500 litres of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil and 950,000 litres of stolen crude oil were recovered during the operations.
“In addition, 10 criminals associated with pipeline vandalism, piracy, illegal oil bunkering and armed robbery were arrested within the period. Also, troops recovered assorted arms, 48 rounds of ammunition, 2 AK-47 rifle magazines, as well as 17 pieces of galvanised pipes and 23 wooden boats, among other items used for illegal oil bunkering activities in the course of the operations.
“All the arrested criminals and recovered items have been handed over to relevant security agencies for further action,” he said.
Some of these operations, according to Onyeuko, were carried out in various villages, creeks, and towns in Rivers State’s councils of Emohua, Ikwere, Port Harcourt, and Ahoada.
Other locations include villages, towns, and creeks in Delta State’s Warri South, Warri South-West, and Warri North councils, as well as Bayelsa State’s Ekeremor, Brass, and Southern Ijaw councils.