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Troops Destroy Illegal Refinery in Delta, Oil Thieves Flee



On Wednesday, soldiers from the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army took decisive action by dismantling eight operational makeshift refineries involved in the illicit processing of stolen crude oil in the vicinity of Ogbokoko and Atu, situated within the Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

In addition to neutralizing these illegal facilities, the military personnel under the leadership of Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, also effectively eliminated 14 storage tanks holding approximately 200,000 liters of stolen crude oil and 90,000 liters of diesel. This commendable operation showcases the Army’s resolute commitment to curbing such unlawful activities.

Brigadier-General Nwachukwu conveyed this information during a press statement on Thursday in Abuja, underlining the Army’s dedication to maintaining security and enforcing the rule of law in the region.

He stated that the destruction was conducted in a swoop on the area by troops conducting anti-oil theft operations.

Nwachukwu added that the oil thieves fled upon sighting the advancement of troops.

“The illegal refining site was destroyed in line with extant guidelines of `Operation Delta Safe’. Investigation is on-going to arrest the fleeing criminals.

“Members of the public are implored to report any suspected act of sabotage or criminality to security agencies to enhance on-going operations to curb economic sabotage in the country,’’ Nwachukwu stated.