Troops Kill 2 Kidnappers, Nab 18 Oil Thieves, Pirates

EMERGENCY DIGEST- Troops of Operation Delta Safe have eliminated two kidnappers in Okpe local government area of Delta State.

In a related development, 18 criminals associated with pipeline vandalism, piracy, illegal bunkering and armed robbery have also been arrested by military troops in the South South.

The kidnappers were killed in a gun duel with troops, who were on an anti-kidnap/anti-armed robbery patrol at Oviere community, says Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko.

Onyeuko, Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, DMO, disclosed this at a media briefing on military operations, across the country.

He said: “During the encounter, troops recovered some arms and ammunition from the criminals, while 100 pinches and wraps of heroin and cannabis sativa respectively, were found in their possession.”

The DMO Acting Director, further disclosed that troops also discovered and immobilized several illegal refining sites, reservoirs and storage tanks, in the last few week, across the South South States.

According to him, troops discovered and immobilized a total of 39 illegal refining sites, 73 ovens, 25 cooking pots/boilers, 18 cooling systems, 27 reservoirs, 39 large dugout pits and 89 storage tanks.

“Consequently, a total of One Million, Fourteen Thousand litres (1,014,000 ltrs) of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil; 50,500 litres of Dual Purpose Kerosene and One Million, Eight Hundred And Eight Thousand, Five Hundred litres (1,808,500 ltrs) of stolen crude oil were recovered in the course of the operations.

“In addition, 18 criminals associated with pipeline vandalism, piracy, illegal oil bunkering and armed robbery were arrested within the period.

“Also, troops recovered 6 assorted arms, 586 rounds of different caliber of ammunition, 12 AK-47 rifle magazines as well as 278 pieces of galvanized pipes and 40 wooden boats used for illegal oil bunkering activities in the course of the operations.

“All the arrested criminals and recovered items have been handed over to relevant security agencies for further action,” Onyeuko said.

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