Army dislodges Delta oil thieves, seizes 60 boats

JTF destroys 436 illegal refineries, frees kidnapped oil workers

Illustrative picture. PHOTO CREDIT: SHIPS & PORTS archive

The Nigerian Army has smashed one of the biggest camps operated by oil thieves in Delta State, destroying about 60 Cotonou boats, 150 storage tanks, 700 drums used by the oil thieves for their illicit trade.

Commander Sector I, Operation Delta Safe, OPDS, Warri Delta state, Colonel Baba Manu led his men with two swamp boggy into the camp covering about 20 kilometres located between Ogevughe to Otujeremi in Ughelli North Local Government Area.

The vandals, who mostly vandalized oil facilities around OML 34, fled the camp on sighting the soldiers driving into the place.

Some of the community members who spoke under condition of anonymity said the soldiers should keep vigil in the area, noting that the oil thieves would not hesitate to resume operations if they were sure the soldiers left after the operation.

Items destroyed during the operation include machines used by the oil thieves to vandalize oil pipelines.