Military Arrests 755 Illegal Bunkerers, Destroys 1,520 Illegal Refineries — FG
Military Arrests 755 Illegal Bunkerers, Destroys 1,520 Illegal Refineries — FG

According to the Federal Government, around 1,520 illicit refineries were demolished in 202, and 755 illegal oil bunkerers were detained in the South-South area by personnel from Operation Delta Safe.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, said this at a press conference in Lagos on Thursday.

The purpose of the press conference was to highlight the accomplishments of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in the previous year.

Mohammed also revealed that the bunkerers had 5,315 storage facilities confiscated and 617 watercraft impounded, among other things.

He said: Additionally, about 74,297,425 litres of Dual Purpose Kerosene, 41,971,693 litres of crude oil and 88,350 litres of PMS were recovered.

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“Furthermore, 174 trucks and 13 vessels were impounded while 153 assorted weapons recovered.”

Patrols and clearance operations by troops of Operation AWATSE in the South West area, according to the Minister, resulted in the arrest of 46 people for different criminal activities.

He went on to say that multiple trucks, jerricans, motorbikes, and electrical generators were confiscated as part of the illegal bunkering operation.

Mohammed further revealed that the present administration’s community policing effort has resulted in the training of 25,000 constabularies at various police colleges around the country.

The successful officers, he added, were sent to their local governments after being taught in fundamental police responsibilities, current intelligence collecting tactics, and the rule of law, among other things.

The deployed officers, according to the Minister, would help in information collection and increase police visibility in their localities.

Mohammed said: Also, in an effort to improve the police/citizens ratio, 418 cadet officers of Regular Course 3 were successfully graduated in June 2021 and deployed into the operational asset of the Nigeria Police Force.

“Through the Police Trust Fund, 200 Buffalo branded vehicles, bulletproof vests and protective helmets were procured.

“Also procured were drugs and medical equipment as well as arms and ammunition, riot control equipment, and combat equipment for the Police Special Weapon and Tactical Squad.”

According to the Minister, the Ministry of Police Affairs has also entered into a government-to-government deal with Poly Technology of China for the delivery of police anti-riot equipment.

He claimed the $44 million equipment will go a long way toward improving the police’s ability to quell public disturbances in the most effective and civil manner possible.

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