The Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta region, Operation Delta Safe, on Thursday paraded 12 suspected illegal oil dealers and seven tankers loaded with over 210,000 litres of Automotive Gas Oil (a.k.a diesel) in Effurun, Delta State.
Other items also seized from the suspects included a truck, car, bus and other materials at different locations in Koko, Ughelli and Warri areas of the state in August. Sector 1 Commander of Operation Delta Safe, Col. Alhassan Grema, during the parade and handing over ceremony held at the 3 Battalion Barracks of the Nigerian Army in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of the state, told newsmen that several Cotonou boats used for illegal refinery businesses had also been destroyed by the military outfit.
Grema warned oil thieves in the region to desist, vowing to ensure that unrepentant illegal oil bunkerers are apprehended and prosecuted. While handing the suspects and the impounded items to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for further investigation and prosecution, he noted that ODS had been working tediously to ensure that the region was free from pipeline vandals. Read more