Naval Operatives Impound 604 Drums of Stolen Gas

The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) DELTA patrol team has intercepted and destroyed 604 drums of stolen Automative Gas Oil (AGO) at Jeddo in Delta State.

The operation followed actionable intelligence on the activities of oil thieves, in the area.

Speaking at a media update on Thursday, Maj. Gen. John Enenche of the Defence Media Operations (DMO), said the NNS DELTA patrol team had earlier intercepted and immobilized 2 large wooden boats laden with polythene bags containing about 20,000 litres of suspected illegally-refined AGO at Jeddo.

He said the team also destroyed 4 drums and 75 polythene bags containing illegally refined AGO by the riverbank at Jeddo.

“Further exploitation of the general area led to the destruction of 600 drums and recovery of 2 pumping machines hidden in several wooden stores at Jeddo. Additionally, the operation led to the arrest of 2 suspected vandals around Shagbolor in Warri South Local Government Area,” he added.

Gen. Enenche, who is the Coordinator of DMO, further disclosed that troops of 29 Battalion, in conjunction with personnel of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Labarador Security workers, discovered and immobilized 3 illegal refining sites and one wooden boat loaded with AGO around Bekinkiri/Ke in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State.

He also said troops of Sector 2 Operation DELTA SAFE, acting on credible intelligence arrested 4 suspected pipeline vandals at Opukushi Community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The DMO Coordinator, added that troops of 222 Battalion, on 9 October 2020 arrested 2 suspected pipeline vandals from Ughelli Community in connection with the theft of some parts of the Oil Mining License (OML) 34 oil wellheads, in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.

The suspects, he said, were handed over to Sector 1 Operation DELTA SAFE for further action.

“Specifically, on 12 October 2020, Forward Operating Base IBAKA gunboats while on routine patrol around Utan Iyata Creek intercepted and arrested a medium size wooden boat laden with 978 bags of 50 kg foreign parboiled rice with 2 suspects. Preliminary investigation revealed that the foreign parboiled rice was suspected to be smuggled from the Republic of Cameroun.

“Also, a truck laden with about 2,195 cartons of Cocoa Butter and a motorcycle were arrested. Suspects and items recovered from the arrest are currently in custody and will soon be handed over to the appropriate prosecuting authority,” Enenche added.

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