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Military operation in Niger Delta thwarts crude oil theft valued at N388 million

Troops Arrest 22 Suspected Oil Thieves and Uncover Extensive Illicit Activities

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Abuja: The military high command announced on Thursday a significant success in the Niger Delta region, where troops successfully thwarted the theft of crude oil amounting to N388,469,650.00. Major General Buba Edward, the Director of Defense Media Operations, shared the details during a press briefing in Abuja, shedding light on the military’s activities over the past week.

Edward reported, “Troops in the Niger Delta discovered and destroyed 38 dugout pits, 21 boats, 57 storage tanks, three tapping hoses, four drum receivers, 89 cooking ovens, six pumping machines, three outboard engines, and 34 illegal refining sites.” In addition, the military recovered 696,250 liters of stolen crude oil, 54,400 liters of illegally refined AGO, and 1,200 liters of PMS.

Providing an update on counter-insurgency efforts, the military spokesman revealed that 191 terrorists were killed and 184 were arrested in the same week. Notably, two high-profile Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists were apprehended in Niger State’s Tafa and Suleja local government areas during clearance operations on September 21.

“On September 20, 2023, troops on patrol raided criminal hideouts in the AMAC of the FCT. During the operation, troops arrested 51 suspects and impounded three vehicles for various offenses. All have been handed over to the appropriate authorities for further action,” Edward added.

The military operations also resulted in the rescue of 91 kidnapping victims, and 104 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, along with their families, surrendered to troops across various theaters of operation. These developments underscore the ongoing efforts to combat illegal activities and insurgencies in the country.

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