Oil theft: Troops Recover 12.1m litres of Stolen Oil in Niger Delta
Director of the Nigerian Army defence media operations, Bernard Onyeuko, has revealed that Nigerian troops of Operation Delta Safe have recovered 12.1 million litres of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), and 4,000 liters of stolen crude oil between March 25 and April 7, 2022 in Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa states.
Onyeuko who made this known in Abuja on Thursday while briefing newsmen on the operations of the military between March 25 and April 7 said that the troops also bursted and destroyed 30 illegal refining sites with 37 reservoirs, 31 ovens, 12 large wooden boats, two cooling systems, three receivers, three storage pits and metal drums.
According to the director, the troops also recovered three tankers, three vehicles, 73 galvanized pipes, two motorcycles, one bus, one Toyota Camry and a Mercedes Benz car.
Onyuko said that the troops also arrested and handed over to the appropriate authorities two suspects associated with vandalism and stealing of high-tension cables.
The director, who noted that the Nigerian Navy had recorded a milestone in indigenous systematic survey and charting of the nation’s offshore waters, further explained that the troops have continued to dominate the oil-rich zone and conducted anti-crude oil theft and anti-illegal oil bunkering related operations at different locations in Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa States.
According to Onyuko, the commencement of the indigenous survey would support the Federal Government’s economic diversification initiative through maritime security, maritime trade and transport and also boost confidence of mariners. He added that with the current achievement by the troops, Nigeria has joined the elite group of chart producing nations in the world.
He further revealed that a special operation tagged “Operation Dakatar Da Barawo,” aimed at curbing crude oil theft and illegal oil bunkering in the Niger Delta area, kicked off at Onne Port in Port Harcourt on April 1.