Troops deactivate 41 illegal refineries, arrest 26 suspects

The Defence Headquarters says the troops of Operation Delta Safe immobilised 41 illegal refining sites, 33 ovens, 24 cooking pots/boilers, eight cooling systems, 32 reservoirs, 43 large dugout pits and 93 storage tanks in two weeks.

The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, disclosed this on Thursday.

He said this while giving updates of military operations between November 11 and 25, 2021 in Abuja on Thursday.

Onyeuko said a total of 795,500 litres of illegally refined AGO; 60,000 litres of DPK; and 6.39 million litres of stolen crude were recovered in different operations across the South-South zone.

According to him, 26 criminal elements associated with pipeline vandalism, piracy, illegal oil bunkering and armed robbery were arrested within the period.

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He added: “Also, troops recovered a total of 27 assorted arms and 586 rounds of assorted ammunition in the course of the operations.

“These feats were recorded at villages, towns and creeks in; Egbema, Port Harcourt, Emuoha, Andoni, Onne, Obiakpo, Isiokpo, Akuku-Toru and Okrika Local Government Areas of Rivers.

“In Delta State, some feats were recorded at different locations in Warri South, Warri South-West, Ovwie, Warri North and Isoko North LGAs.

“Other locations include; Ohaji Local Government Area of Imo, Bakassi in Cross River and Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia.”

In the South East, Onyeuko said the troops had continued to checkmate the activities of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network elements.

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He said that troops arrested one of the IPOB Secretaries, Obinna Nwite, and recovered four pistols, three long barrel guns, 18 rounds of assorted ammunition and minutes of meeting book, containing some names of IPOB members.

According to him, the arrested IPOB/ESN militia and all recovered items have been handed over to appropriate prosecuting agencies for further action.

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