Yenagoa - The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, on Sunday said that it arrested eight suspected oil thieves and destroyed 17 illegal refineries in multiple raids.
According to Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, Media Coordination of JTF in Yenagoa, the anti-oil theft raids were conducted in February and several items were seized during the operation in Rivers and Bayelsa
He said that the JTF troops in Edo and Delta destroyed five illegal oil distillation sites amongst other things, boats and storage tanks.
The spokesman said the troops also intercepted a locally made tug boat conveying 30 drums of stolen petroleum at Ajide on Benin River in Edo.
He said that six suspects were arrested during the operation and moved to the Tactical Headquarters of the Battalions for preliminary investigation.
In another development, Nwachukwu said JTF personnel patrolling the waterways and creeks on Soku-Ofumakiri, Bolo, Oloma and Isaka in Rivers, destroyed four illegal refineries.
Two suspects arrested in the operation were assisting investigators at the Sector 2 of the JTF in Port Harcourt.
“Our troops patrolling the waterways in Bayelsa have shut down eight illegal crude oil distillation sites.
Eight suspects will be handed over to relevant prosecuting agencies after preliminary investigations.
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