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Military blocked N4billion in oil theft- DHQ

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The military high command said on Thursday that its operations across the Niger Delta region have prevented oil thieves from stealing crude oil estimated at N4 billion from the country.

The command said within this period, over 6.6 million litres of stolen crude oil; 3.5 million litres of AGO; 200,000 litres of DPK, and over 65,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirits were recovered from oil thieves within the period under review.

The Director, Defense Media Operations, Maj. Gen. Edward Buba, disclosed this in Abuja during the quarterly briefing on the operations of the military across the country between June and August 2023.

He said, “Troops operations in the South-South geopolitical zone resulted in the arrest of the following: 6,652,250 liters of stolen crude oil, 3,558,325 liters of illegally refined AGO, 288,650 liters of DPK, and 65,600 PMS. All amounting to an estimated sum of N4 billion denied to the oil thieves. Thus saving the nation from losing this money to economic saboteurs.”

Buba also said troops, during various operations across the country, arrested a total of 2,328 criminals, while those in the North East killed no fewer than 814 terrorists.

Buba said, “Our operations across the six geopolitical zones from June to August 2023 reveal that we neutralized 814 terrorists and arrested 1,326 criminals. We arrested 42 kidnappers, 231 collaborators, 33 armed robbers, 80 cattle rustlers, 325 militias, 27 rail vandals, 73 gunrunners, 191 suspected oil thieves, and rescued 721 kidnapped hostages. Additionally, 4,560 terrorists and their families surrendered to the troops.”

Buba stated that a total of 3,269 assorted kinds of ammunition and 674 other pieces of equipment, among others, were recovered from criminal elements.

He said, “Troops recovered a total of 501 weapons, 3,577 livestock, 3,269 assorted kinds of ammunition, and 674 other pieces of equipment. The breakdown of these arms and ammunition is as follows: 117 AK47 rifles, one AK49 rifle, 5 revolvers, 28 fabricated rifles, 11 fabricated pistols, 57 Dane guns, 23 pistols, 24 pump action guns, 3 FN rifles, 3 GPMGs, one double barrel gun, one barreta pistol, one G3 rifle, 2 HK21 rifles, one IED, 123 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 2,008 rounds of 7.62mm special, 30 rounds of 7.62mm x 39mm, 512 rounds of 7.62mm x 54mm, 190 rounds of 5.5mm, 39 rounds of 9mm, 29 rounds of PKM, and 19 cartridges

“Troops equally recovered: one RPG tube, three hand grenades, one locally made hand grenade, one locally made bomb, two rifle butts, one AK47 barrel, one GMPG barrel, two MG links, 98 AK47 magazines, two G3 magazines, two FN magazines, two PKT magazines, two LMG magazines, two tear gas launchers, one bulletproof vest, 49 vehicles, 213 motorcycles, 48 bicycles, 69 mobile phones, five boating radios, four woodland camouflages, two boots, 74 knives, 71 handsets, 11 laptops, 13 steering rods and pumps, 45 machetes, and 25 jack knives.”

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