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JTF Nabs 19 Over Crude Oil Theft

Posted: Oct 1, 2015 at 12:09 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

•  Impound 1,000 Metric Tons Of Diesel

By Igoniko Oduma


Men of the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta code-named ‘Operation Pulo Shield’ have impounded an illegal bunkering barge loaded with 1,000 metric tons of illegally acquired  Automated Gas Oil (AGO) along the Santa Barbara River in River State.

No fewer than eight persons were also arrested on board the seized vessel by troops of Sector 2 of the task force on patrol along the Santa Barbara River.

JTF spokesman, Lt. Col Ado Isa, said in a statement on Wednesday in Yenagoa that an ocean-going vessel was also arrested by troops operating along Forcados Estuary in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.

Isa said the vessel christened MT ASKJA was currently secured at Yokri in Warri South West LGA of Delta State for preliminary investigation.

He disclosed that the operatives also arrested two illegal oil bunkerers in Burutu LGA of Delta State with numerous drums of stolen crude oil while four other suspects were nabbed with an illegal bunkering tanker with registration number Lagos XZ 843 AAA at Orugun community in Ughelli North LGA.

Isa said items recovered from the four suspects included pumping machine and a hose.

“Five suspected cultists were also arrested in Aseomuku Community in Ndokwa East LGA Operating with locally made gun, cutlasses, axes and 10 live cartridges of 7.62 mm special.  Investigation is ongoing.

“Troops in Sector 2 also carried out raid Operations at Elechi and Nembe water side of Bayelsa State where several illegal distilleries camps were destroyed along with a Mercedes van with registration number DW 68 PH loaded with drums of AGO suspected to be stolen. 

“A wooden barge and boats loaded with stolen crude were also intercepted and destroyed along new Calabar River.  No arrest was made as the suspects fled on sighting the troops”, he said.