Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

JTF Destroys 362 Illegal refineries, arrests thieves

27 January 2013, 07:42

Yenagoa - The Military Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta has destroyed 362 illegal, local crude oil refineries during its patrol of the region.

The Media Coordinator of the JTF, Lt.-Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) about the find on Saturday in Yenagoa.

He said the illegal refineries were in Kolokolo area of Bisigbo in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, Igbomotoro and Sangana communities in Bayelsa state.

Nwachukwu said further that the JTF arrested 3 vessels and 7 barges reportedly engaged in crude oil theft .

According to him, the arrest of the vessels and barges took place on the Opobo River, in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State and Tomkiri in Brass Local Government of Bayelsa state.

"The operation as well led to the scuttling of 75 wooden boats (Cotonou boats) conveying illegal petroleum products at Ogbokodo creek and Ugbokolo areas of Warri South West of Delta state.

"175 suspects were arrested in the operation and handed over to prosecuting agencies, " Nwachukwu said.

He stated that the new JTF Commander, Maj.-Gen. Bata Debiro’s counter strategy to stamp out oil bunkering in the Niger Delta was yielding positive results.

"Debiro had already embarked on an appraisal tour of troops’ deployments, including Naval Forward Operational Bases (FOB) in Brass, Bonny, and Escravos.

Nwachukwu said the tour also took the JTF Commander to Nigerian Navy Ship Delta in Warri and the Amphibious troops, 146 Battalions and 343 Regiment of Nigerian Army deployed in Warri, Bonny Island and Nembe, respectively.

Nwachukwu quoted Debiro as saying that “Nigeria is the only country where people engage in crude oil theft with the connivance of our country men and we must put an end to it."

"He pointed out that crude oil theft is tantamount to economic sabotage and a threat to the economic security and future generations of Nigeria," the JTF spokesman said.

Nwachukwu stated that the commander had vowed to tackle the menace of oil theft vigorously.

He said that Debiro had warned operatives of JTF to sit up and face the challenge before the Task Force.

- NAN

Tags jtf yenagoa oil
NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Can Nigeria be a G-20 power?

18 September 2014, 21:31

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
Global Fundraiser as civilians ta...

We are calling on all good citizens across the world to support the mission if Nigerian civilian patriots against Boko Haram terrorists. Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
Military commander who recaptured...

What has been exposed as top military sabotage of the so-called war against Boko Haram, has not yet ended in the military according to continuing reports from the battle front. Read more...

Submitted by
Ayk Fowosire
The rep that I want

These days where the mundane is hyped, and the mediocre is celebrated, it is just so easy to lose focus, to show off stupidity, and to profit from ignorance.  Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
Boko Haram and the cycle of death

We have corruption at all facets of the Nigerian society, within the civil force and the armed forces. Read more...

Submitted by
Dike Chukwuka
Are we not a cursed land?

How could you explain the fact that our leaders eat not for the strength it would provide them to do more work, but to get drunk? Read more...

Submitted by
Christopher Ero
Insight Nigeria concept

Nigeria is the biggest black race and likely settled with widest tribes among other nations of the world, with intra-cultural inheritage and geo-resoucres deposits.  Read more...