Illegal refineries deactivated in Niger Delta by Military


Troops of Operation Delta Safe,has made inactive several illegal refining sites and recovered large volumes of refined petroleum products and crude oil in the past two weeks.

Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, disclosed this while giving updates on the operations of the military across the country yesterday in Abuja.

Onyeuko said the troops conducted and recorded successes in series of anti-illegal oil operations in several areas in Bayelsa, Rivers and Delta during the period.

He said the operations led to the discovery and deactivation of several illegal refining sites with a total of 21 ovens, 12 dugout pits and 58 metal storage tanks.

He said the storage tanks had 2.329 million litres of illegally refined diesel and 2.19 million litres of stolen crude oil.

Also recovered were two boilers and 750 bags of illegally refined petroleum products.

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“During the operations, troops also recovered one speed boat, one AK-47 rifle, one FN rifle, three smoke gun rifles, 12 fabricated RPGs, 263 live cartridges, 20 rounds of 7.62mm NATO and 7.62mm special ammunition among other items,’’ he said.

The defence spokesman said that the armed forces and other security agencies remained committed to fight- ing all forms of criminality until sustainable peace was achieved.

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