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Army recovers 1m litres of stolen crude oil in Rivers

by Tolulope Akinruli

Nigerian Army forces, under the leadership of Brigadier General Eddie Effiong, have recently made significant strides in combating the rampant issue of crude oil theft plaguing the region, particularly in Rivers state. Effiong, who commands the 6 Division Garrison based in Port Harcourt, provided a detailed account of the latest operation during a press tour conducted on a Saturday. The tour took journalists to various illegal bunkering sites nestled within the Odagwa community in Etche, Rivers state.

Effiong revealed that the operation stemmed from actionable intelligence obtained by the military, indicating the presence of illegal refining activities in a remote and densely forested area. Acting swiftly on the tip-off, troops were deployed to investigate the reported illegal bunkering sites. What they uncovered was nothing short of staggering—a cache of approximately one million liters of crude oil, clandestinely stored in eight large reservoirs concealed amidst the thick vegetation.

The discovery was made possible by meticulous surveillance and intelligence-gathering efforts, which enabled the military to pinpoint the exact location of the illicit operation. Effiong elaborated on the modus operandi of the oil thieves, noting that following the destruction of a previous illegal refinery in the vicinity, the perpetrators had regrouped and established a new site in close proximity. This pattern of resilience and adaptability underscored the persistent challenge posed by organized crime syndicates engaged in oil theft and illegal refining activities.

Each of the eight reservoirs uncovered by the troops was found to contain a minimum of 100,000 liters of stolen crude oil, stored for illicit refining into diesel fuel. Effiong emphasized the significant economic impact of such criminal activities, highlighting the detrimental effect on the nation’s economy and the livelihoods of its citizens. He underscored the division’s unwavering commitment to eradicating illegal refining operations across its jurisdiction, which includes the states of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers.

Despite the rugged terrain and logistical challenges inherent in such operations, Effiong reassured the public of the military’s determination to root out illegal bunkering activities. In addition to conducting raids and dismantling illicit refineries, efforts are underway to engage with local communities, village leaders, and youth representatives. Through dialogue and advocacy, the military aims to dissuade individuals from participating in criminal enterprises and encourage the pursuit of legitimate economic opportunities.

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Effiong urged citizens to resist the temptation of engaging in illicit activities, emphasizing that economic hardships should not serve as justification for criminal behavior. He reiterated the importance of collective efforts in safeguarding the nation’s resources and promoting lawful and sustainable development. The recent seizure of stolen crude oil stands as a testament to the Nigerian Army’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and combating illicit activities that undermine the country’s prosperity and security.

Source: guardian.ng



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