JTF intercepts illegal oil bunkering barge, arrests 11 suspects

In the continued effort to check  illegal bunkering activities in the waterways of the Niger Delta, operatives of the Joint Task Force Operation PULO SHIELD have arrested an ocean going Barge used by vandals in the region.

The Barge containing a yet to be determined quantity of crude oil was intercepted and arrested yesterday at Mangbiye creek in Sangana community of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The JTF in a statement by Lt. Col. Mustapha Anka, Coordinator, Joint Media Coordinating Centre (JMCC),  said the troops deployed at Kalaibiama also discovered one wooden boat and a metal barge filled with stolen crude oil.

No arrest was made as the suspects were said to have absconded on sighting the troops.