Troops of 343 Artillery Regiment of the Nigerian Army conducting anti-oil theft operations on Monday 28 August 2023 cracked down on an oil thieves’ camp in Obokofia Community in Imo State, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, director, Army Public Relations, said on Wednesday.
According to the release, “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.”
Gen Nwachukwu, in the statement, also said in a similar operation conducted on 28 August 2023, troops of 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.
He added, “Acting on credible information, troops conducting anti-oil theft operations, on 29 August 2023, 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. The vigilant troops equally intercepted two vehicles loaded with 18 sacks of illegally refined AGO within the same general area.”
He urged 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’.