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Soldiers Destroy 74 Illegal Refineries In Bayelsa And Rivers States

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Posted: Sep 10, 2016 at 2:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
Soldiers from the Second Brigade of the Nigerian Army conducting field training exercise code named “Operation Crocodile Smile” have destroyed 74 illegal refineries in the last 48 hours at various locations in Bayelsa and Rivers states.
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, acting director, Army Public Relations dropped this hint on Friday saying that quite a number militants and kidnappers camps in the two states were also discovered and destroyed.
According to him, on Wednesday troops of sub-sector Bravo in response to a tip off on the presence of suspected kidnappers at Akupoku community carried out a raid at the location and displaced the kidnappers without making any arrest.
His words: But, the team raided another community, located at the verge of the Atlantic Ocean where they discovered and destroyed an illegal refinery, three large cooking pots and 20 tanks filled with illegally refined Automated Gas Oil (AGO).
The troops exercising along Abonnema axis were also informed of the presence of suspected kidnappers at Abakrikri fishing pot, they swung into action and carried out cordon and search operation, but no contact or arrest was made.
The troops of 130 Battalion also raided suspected kidnappers camp at Awukiri and discovered an AK-47 rifle empty magazine, six face masks, one machete and several empty shells of expended ammunition.
The troops destroyed the camp. The troops have also intensified search for the kidnapper’s nests and other criminal elements camp for clearance.