The joint military task force in the Niger Delta has destroyed facilities used by oil thieves and arrested 25 suspects in multiple raids, according to a Nigerian official. military
A statement from Isa Ado, the Media Coordinator of the task force, said that six illegal refineries were destroyed in the raid conducted in the past 10 days.
According to the statement, the suspects were arrested at illegal bunkering sites at Egbokodo, Beneath Island and Otegele in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta.
The troops seized 23 pumping machines and 19 cooking pots, 48 boats, 50 surface tanks and 10 dug out pits filled with stolen crude oil and illegally acquired automotive gas oil.
The items recovered also included 22 pieces of 2000-litre plastic tanks and 162 units of 200-litre drums, all filled with substance suspected to be stolen crude.
Ado said that sites and the materials were destroyed and the suspects were taken into custody for further investigation.
In another development, the spokesman said that a suspected oil thief was arrested for attempting to bribe troops with undisclosed sum of money.
The suspect reportedly wanted to secure the release of two illegal bunkering trucks earlier seized by the task force on Eminye Road in Isoko South Local Government Areas of Delta.
The trucks were filled with a substance suspected to be stolen crude siphoned from a pipeline when they were impounded along with the two drivers of the trucks.
Ado said the trucks and their cargo were evacuated to a safe place and destroyed while the suspects were in custody for further investigation.
Meanwhile, the troops, in conjunction with Southern Ijaw Local Government Area Oil and Gas Task Force, have also destroyed two illegal refineries and allied equipment at Gbenekruko in Bayelsa, Ado said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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