The Nigerian Army said troops of 181 Amphibious Battalion on Saturday, September 2, 2023, cracked down on oil thieves’ camps in Owahwa Creek in Ughelli South local government area of Delta State.
Director army public relations, Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement said the troops discovered 12 active illegal refining sites, 60 crude oil cooking ovens, 14 reservoirs, six wooden boats laden with stolen crude and 470 sacks of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) concealed in the camps.
In a related development, same troops also intercepted a vehicle conveying 25 polytene bags of suspected illegally refined AGO in Ogbodu community in Udu local government area of Delta State.
The statement added that in another operation, troops of 3 Battalion, intercepted two wooden boats laden with stolen crude in Tsekelewu, Warri North local government area of Delta State.
He said the troops also arrested two suspects in connection with the crime.
“Both suspects and the illegal products have been handed over to NSCDC personnel attached to Tantita Security Services for further action,” he said.
General Nwachukwu therefore, called on members of the public to report any suspected act of sabotage or criminality to security agencies to enhance ongoing operations to curb economic sabotage in the country.