In ‘daring ‘anti-bunkering raids, troops disconnect dozen illegal pipelines

Troops of Operation Delta Safe have conducted series of anti-illegal oil bunkering and raid operations, leading to the deactivation of several illegal oil refining sites in the South South.

Some contraband vessels were also intercepted and confiscated by the Delta Safe troops.

It was also learnt that several illegal pipelines were disconnected, even as some criminal elements were arrested, hence thwarting the activities of the economic saboteurs.

Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, Acting Director, Defence Media Operations (DMO), revealed these on Thursday.

He spoke at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) in Abuja during a briefing on ongoing military operations, in the country.

Onyeuko, further said troops, during the aggressive raids conducted between 3 and 16 June 2021, recovered stolen items and resealed reactivated illegal oil refining sites.

The DMO Acting Director added that, “These feats were achieved on 3 and 4 June 2021, as troops conducted anti-illegal oil bunkering operations to deactivate illegal oil refining sites at Ibaa in Emohua LGA and Kumufari and Yalama Towns in Asari-Toru LGA of Rivers State.

“During the operations, several barrels of illegally refined PMS and AGO were impounded and storage tanks immobilized. Relatedly, troops, while on patrol on 4 June, intercepted and impounded several wooden boats; some laden with large quantities of stolen crude oil, others loaded with vandalized pipes at DSC Roundabout in Udu LGA and Opuama Creek in Warri North LGA of Delta State.

“Additionally, troops on 5 June disconnected an illegal pipeline laid by criminals connected to SPDC pipeline around Ibaa in Emohua LGA of Rivers State. Troops also re-sealed some illegal oil refining sites reactivated by criminal elements at Koko Community in Warri North LGA of Delta State on 6 June 2021.

“In another development same day, troops arrested some criminals disguised as lunatics, who were in possession of some stolen and illegal items, including several fake military barrack permit ID cards and military uniforms, at Tipper Garage and Navy Scrape Yard in Uvwie LGA of Delta State.”

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