Troops Impound 326 Rice Bags, Arrest 5 Cultists in Rivers

Troops of Forward Operating Base IBAKA have intercepted two wooden boats laden with 326 of 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice, in Rivers State. The rice were suspected to be smuggled in from Cameroon.

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), said the troops, who were deployed for Operation Calm Waters II and Operation Swift Response, arrested the boats while on routine patrol around Utan Iyata.

Maj. Gen. John Enenche, who disclosed this at a media briefing on Thursday, said the arrested items have been handed over to the Nigerian Customs Service for further action.

He also said the Forward Operating Base IBAKA patrol team, on 30 October 2020, impounded one small size wooden boat laden with product suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) along Mbo River, being smuggled to Cameroon.

Enenche, Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations (DMO), noted that troops of Operation Delta Safe have continued with their aggressive fight against crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism and economic sabotage in the South South, with significant successes.

“Notably, within the period in focus, troops of Operation Delta Safe discovered and immobilized 3 illegal refineries containing 7 boilers, 2 reservoirs and 2 tanks loaded with illegally refined oil products around Orutoru in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State.

“Additionally, troops in conjunction with local vigilante arrested 5 suspected cultists at Jesse Community in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State.

“Similarly, troops of Operation DELTA SAFE while on patrol arrested a suspected armed robber with locally made pistol at Igbudu Market in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State,” he said.

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