From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa
In continuation of its war against crude oil theft in the Niger Delta, troops of Operation Delta Safe (ODS) have arrested three suspects and destroyed 80 illegal refineries in Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states.
Coordinator of the Joint Media Campaign Centre of the ODS, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, in a statement, said ODS troops, during a patrol of the creeks of Bayelsa, arrested three suspects and destroyed seven illegal refineries.
“In Delta and Rivers, ODS troops, in line with the directive of the Commander of ODS, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman to increase surveillance, uncovered several illegal refineries.”
Abdullahi, who urged the people to provide valuable information that would frustrate economic activities of saboteurs, said ODS would not relent in its mission to execute its mandate in the Niger Delta region.
“In Bayelsa State, troops patrol around Obhoyohan and Ngiri creeks, in Nembe Local Government Area, discovered and destroyed seven illegal refineries containing 150,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil. Three suspects were also arrested in connection with the illegalities and are currently undergoing investigations. In Delta State, troops patrol around Sara Abileye swamp in Warri South West Local Government Area discovered a network of six illegal refineries made up of four storage tanks, two dug-out pits filled with products suspected to be stolen crude oil. “Another patrol at Ajoloso creek in Elume community destroyed a camp housing eight illegal refineries. Similarly, troops destroyed nine illegal refineries comprising four ground pits and three tanks filled with products suspected to be stolen crude oil at Katu near Camp 5 in Warri South West.
“This was in addition to seven illegal refineries earlier destroyed around Opunami Creek.
“Another patrol conducted around Udu, Uhelli South local government discovered eight illegal refineries depot at Udu trailer park and destroyed 1,200 drums laden with 140 metric tonnes of illegally refined diesel.”