Illegal refineries in Rivers, Delta under siege as troops dismantle them
Troops of Operation Delta Safe have successfully dismantled several illegal refineries and impounded large quantities of stolen products in Rivers and Delta within two weeks, according to the Defence Headquarters.
Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operation, made this known while giving an update on the military operations across the country on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to Enenche, the Armed Forces of Nigeria in conjunction with other security agencies recorded huge successes while carrying out comprehensive anti-illegal refinery and anti-oil theft operations in the region between Dec. 2 and Dec. 15.
The Defence spokesman also said that the operations led to the discovery and dismantling of several illegal refineries and forestalling of other activities of economic saboteurs, stating that the troops of 103 Battalion had on Dec. 3, dismantled eight illegal refineries at Iyalama and Jellikiri areas in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers.
He said the troops of 29 Battalion also immobilised an illegal refinery containing more than 5,000 litres of illegally refined gas at Rumuekpe Community in Emohua Local Government Area of the state, while troops of 146 Battalion also immobilised three reactivated illegal refinery sites, containing six boilers and 12 storage tanks around Opokiri and Ijawkiri in Bonny Local Government Area.
“More so, on the same day, troops of 103 Battalion immobilised a warehouse containing 53 jerry cans of illegally refined gas along Abonnema-Obonoma Road in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area.
“On Dec. 5, troops of 29 Battalion discovered and immobilised three illegal oil refinery sites around Bolo 1, 2 and 3 as well as Tupsoi in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area.
“On the same day, troops immobilised illegal refinery sites around Ikata and Edeoha in Ahoada East Local Government Area,’’ he said.