Bayelsa - Troops of the 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, have destroyed more than 70 illegal refineries in various parts of Rivers and Bayelsa States.
The destruction is part of the ongoing Operation Crocodile Smile initiated recently to rid the Niger Delta of criminals.
Confirming the report on Friday morning, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, said troops in response to a tip-off on the presence of suspected kidnappers at Akupoku community, carried out a raid at the location.
No arrests were made as the suspected kidnappers fled the area.
The Army spokesman said the team also raided Ke community, at the verge of the Atlantic Ocean where they discovered and destroyed an illegal refinery.
The troops recovered and destroyed large cooking pots and 20 tanks filled with oil, Usman said.
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Usman said the troops exercising along Abonnema axis were also informed of the presence of suspected kidnappers at Abakrikri Fishing Pot.
“They swung into action and carried out cordon and search operation but no contact or arrest was made,” he said.
Troops of 130 Battalion also raided suspected kidnappers camp at Awukiri.
Although no contact was made, the troops recovered an AK-47 rifle empty magazine, face masks, a machete and several empty shells of expended ammunition.
“The troops destroyed the camp. They have also intensified search for the kidnappers’ nests and other criminal elements camp for clearance," Usman said.
- CAJ News