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According to the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Abuja, in just two weeks of operations, the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe's soldiers confiscated 7,805 stolen barrels of crude oil worth N537 million from economic saboteurs.

This information was disclosed at the biweekly briefing on military activities from September 8 to September 22, 2022, by Major General Musa Danmadami, Director of Defence Media Operations.

He declared that in order to deny criminal elements freedom of action and create an environment that is conducive to economic activity, the military would continue offensive efforts through kinetic operations against oil thieves and economic saboteurs.

In the waterways, villages, communities, and cities of the states of Delta, Bayelsa, and Rivers, he said, troops from Operation DELTA SAFE performed patrol, raids, clearance, and swamp buggy operations.

He said that forces discovered and demolished a large number of illegal refineries, as well as 17 wooden boats, 103 storage tanks, 94 ovens, and 58 dugout pits used by crude oil thieves.

He stated that in addition to 7,805 barrels of crude oil, 2,613 gallons of vehicle gas oil, and 17 pipeline vandals, the military also found 10 trucks, a generator, a tanker, two cars, eight pumping machines, and other items.

He also disclosed that N402,419,846.04 in automotive gas oil and N134,670,255.72 in total were withheld from the oil thieves.

Accordingly, an estimated total value of product denied to oil thieves throughout the review period was N537,090,102.12 (five hundred and thirty seven million ninety thousand one hundred and two naira).

In a related incident, military personnel detained four suspected armed robbers during raids at the communities of Iduodah and Okpokumu in Rivers State's Ahoada West and Delta State's Burutu, respectively.

"In total, during the weeks under consideration, forces seized 1,953 bags of 50 kg foreign rice, 212 jerrycans of 30 l Premium Motor Spirit, 2 cars, 2 wooden boats, 1 motorcycle, as well as 3 suspected smugglers," he stated.

Additionally, agents of the Nigerian Custom Services stopped a vehicle carrying 20 barrels of calcium carbide and 41 pairs of military camouflage along the Ijebu Ode-Ibadan road in the Ijebu Ode Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The two passenger boats with the 13 adolescent females and the two accused traffickers were turned over to the Nigerian Immigration Service for further action, while all recovered items were given to the Nigerian Custom Services.


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