May 26, 2024

Troops of Nigerian Army bust illegal refinery, destroy 8 ovens,14 stolen crude oil reservoirs, 90,000litres of refined diesel in Delta State

Oredola Adeola


Troops of 6 Division Nigerian Army have destroyed eight active ovens used for illegal refining, 14 storage reservoirs containing stolen crude oil estimated at 1,258 barrels and 90,000 litres of locally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) during a raid on an illegal oil refinery site in the general area of Ogbokoko and Atu in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.



Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations made this known in a statement obtained by EnergyDay on Thursday.



According to Nwachukwu, the raid was part of the military’s continued crackdown on saboteurs of Nigeria’s oil sector in South-South Nigeria.



He said, “On 23 August 2023, troops conducting anti-oil theft operations, responding to actionable intelligence, swooped on the illegal refinery, destroying the facility.



“During the operations, the oil thieves fled the scene, on sighting the advancement of troops. The Illegal refining site was destroyed in-situ in line with extant guidelines of Operation Delta Safe.



Director Army Public Relations however noted that investigation is ongoing to arrest the fleeing criminals.



He therefore urged members of the public to please implored to report any suspected act of sabotage or criminality to security agencies to enhance ongoing operations to curb economic sabotage in the country.