By Citizens Platform
11 suspected oil thieves were arrested by the Joint Task force in the Niger Delta. Also the JTF in the region also destroyed 27 illegal refineries in multiple raids. The JTF Media coordinator, Lt.-Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, in Yenagoa, on Tuesday said in a statement.
Nwachukwu said the raids were carried out between July 26 and August 9, on land and maritime locations in Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta states. He said five of the suspects were arrested while siphoning oil from pipelines in Otokomabie Creek in Rivers.
In his words “Troops of the 146 Battalion of Sector 2 of the JTF, deployed in Bonny Island, intercepted the suspects on the Trans-Niger Pipeline, where PPMC and SPDC pipelines are laid. The suspects were arrested with three fibre speedboats and three barges with which they carried out their illicit activities.
“In another development, youths of Ogala Community in the Okirika Local Government Area of Rivers State, facilitated the arrest of a truck used for illegal bunkering activities. The truck, laden with illegally-sourced crude oil was reported to JTF land patrols, which promptly swung into action and impounded the vehicle.”
The spokesman said the team also destroyed seven open wooden boats used by the oil thieves.
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Source: Citizens Platform
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