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Oil Theft: Troops destroy illegal refineries in Imo and Delta



Group involved in oil theft fled the scene upon sighting the advance of troops

The Nigerian Army’s troops of the 343 Artillery Regiment in anti-oil theft operations uncovered illegal oil bunkerers’ camps in Imo and Delta states and intercepted boats and vehicles laden with illegal oil products.

Troops of the Nigerian Army have continued to crack down on saboteurs of Nigeria’s oil sector in southern Nigeria.

Chronicle NG reports that Onyema Nwachukwu, Nigerian Army PRO, said this on Wednesday in a statement.

Troops of the 343 Artillery Regiment conducting anti-oil theft operations on Monday, August 28, 2023, cracked down on an oil thieves’ camp in Obokofia Community in Imo State.

In the crackdown, the vigilant troops intercepted 15 sacks and 13 Jerry cans of illegally refined automotive gas oil (AGO) concealed in the camp.


The troops also recovered two pumping machines, three power generators, one hose, and a tool box used for hacking into oil pipelines.

In a similar operation, also conducted on August 28, 2023, troops of the 3 Battalion clamped down on an active illegal oil refining site containing three cooking ovens and six reservoirs at Enokora Community in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.

Acting on credible information, troops conducting anti-oil theft operations intercepted a wooden boat loaded with 110 sacks of illegally refined AGO concealed in the creeks of Egbema West in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State on August 29, 2023. The vigilant troops equally intercepted two vehicles loaded with 18 sacks of illegally refined AGO within the same general area.

Members of the public are urged to report any suspected act of sabotage or criminality to security agencies to enhance ongoing operations to curb economic sabotage in the country.

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