In the Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, oil smugglers’ camps were attacked by troops from the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The troops found 12 operational illegal refining sites, 60 crude oil cooking ovens, 14 reservoirs, 6 wooden boats filled with stolen crude, and 470 sacks of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), according to a statement released by Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director, Army Public Relations.
In addition, the troops in Ogbodu community, Udu Local Government Area, Delta State, stopped a vehicle carrying 25 plastic bags of allegedly illegally processed AGO.
There was a statement released on September 2, 2023, which read, “In a similar operation, also conducted on September 2, 2023, troops of 3 Battalion intercepted two wooden boats ladened with stolen crude in Tsekelewu, Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.”
Two suspects were apprehended by the army, and the illegal goods and the suspects have been turned over to NSCDC agents with Tantita Security Services, according to the release.
Nwachukwu urged citizens to notify law enforcement of any suspicious activity in order to bolster ongoing efforts to prevent economic sabotage.