*The Nigerian Army discloses the troops of 343 Artillery Regiment conducting anti-oil theft operations have cracked down on an oil thieves’ camp in Obokofia Community in Imo State, as part of renewed offensives against criminalities and economic saboteurs in the oil sector
Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect
As part of the renewed crackdown on economic saboteurs in the oil sector in Southern part of the West African country, the Nigerian Military operatives have disclosed the surveillance team intercepted 15 sacks and 13 Jerry cans of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) concealed in the camp between Imo and Delta States.
Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Army Spokesperson, in a statement, said the troops of 343 Artillery Regiment conducting anti-oil theft operations Monday, August 28, 2023, cracked down on an oil thieves’ camp in Obokofia Community in Imo State.
Nwachukwu stated during the crackdown, the vigilant troops seized 15 sacks and 13 Jerry cans of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) concealed in the camp.
The Spokesperson also noted the troops recovered two pumping machines, three power generators, one hose and a toolbox used for hacking into oil pipelines.
The Nigerian Army further revealed that in a similar operation conducted August 28, troops of 3 Battalion swooped on an active illegal oil-refining site containing three cooking ovens and six reservoirs in Enokora Community, in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.
According to Nwachukwu, the troops conducting anti-oil theft operations August 29 seized 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 troops equally intercepted two vehicles loaded with 18 sacks of illegally refined AGO within the same general area, said the statement.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has urged members of the public to report any suspected acts of sabotage or criminality to security agencies to enhance ongoing operations to curb economic sabotage in Nigeria.[do_widget id=heateor_sss_sharing-2]