The Nigerian Army says it has uncovered several camps of oil thieves in Delta state.
According to a statement issued by Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, the Army said the crackdown was carried out by troops of 181 Amphibious Battalion conducting anti oil theft operations on Saturday in Owahwa Creek in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta state.
It also revealed that the troops discovered 12 active illegal refining sites, 60 crude oil cooking ovens, 14 reservoirs, 6 wooden boats laden with stolen crude and 470 sacks of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) concealed in the camps.
A similar operation by the troop intercepted a vehicle conveying 25 polythene bags of suspected illegally refined AGO in the Ogbodu Community in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State.
In another similar operation, also conducted on Saturday, troops of 3 Battalion, intercepted two wooden boats ladened with stolen crude in Tsekelewu, Warri North Local Government Area of Delta state. The troops also arrested two suspects in connection with the crime. Both suspects and the illegal products have been handed over to NSCDC personnel attached to Tantita Security Services for further action.
The Army also urged 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.