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Military Destroys 34 Illegal Refining Sites, Apprehends 59 Suspects

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Troops of Operation Delta Safe, have uncovered and destroyed 34 illegal refining sites and apprehended 59 suspected oil thieves, among other criminal elements in two weeks.

Director, Defence Media Operations, Military headquarters, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, made this known while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.

Buba said the troops also destroyed 38 dugout pits, 21 boats, 57 storage tanks, 10 vehicles, three tapping hoses, four drum receivers, 89 cooking ovens, six pumping machines, and three outboard engines.

He said the troops also recovered 696,250 liters of stolen crude oil, 54,400 liters of illegally refined AGO, and 1,200 liters of PMS, two motorcycles, four weapons, and 78 assorted ammunition.

He said the troops had maintained momentum against the activities of crude oil theft in Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, and other states in the Niger Delta region and denied criminals freedom of action.

In the South East, Buba said troops of Operation UDO KA conducted raid operations on terrorists’ hideouts and eliminated and arrested suspects in Abia, Enugu, Imo, and Anambra States during the period.

He said the troops neutralized 11 IPOB/ESN terrorists, arrested 20, and rescued 15 kidnapped hostages as well as recovered several calibers of arms and ammunition.

He added that the air component of Operation UDO KA also bombed targeted terrorists’ areas with rockets and cannons, neutralizing several of them and destroying their structures.

According to him, all recovered items, arrested suspects, and rescued hostages, have been handed over to the relevant authorities for further action. (NAN)

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