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JTF destroys 436 illegal refineries, nabs 266 suspects in Niger Delta

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The Joint Military Task­force (), otherwise known as “Operation Delta Safe”, says it had destroyed no fewer than 436 ille­gal in the Niger-Delta region.
Brig-Gen. John Agim, Acting Director of Defence Information, disclosed this while briefing jour­nalists in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital.

Agim said that the were destroyed in the operations carried out from Oc­tober to-date which was named ”Operation 777.” He said the taskforce also arrested 266 per­sons for various alleged offences and handed them over to the appropriate government agencies for prosecution.

“The force has nabbed a sus­pected notorious militant king­pin, Gift Apollo, aka ‘Thousand’, whose gang is responsible for the attack and death of soldiers deployed to Abua/Oduma Creeks between Rivers and Bayelsa states. The operation has helped in destroying about , 609 boats, 1,507 sur­face tanks and 1,538 drums used for bunkering in region.

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“The operation has also record­ed several significant achieve­ments by men and officers of the . Anti- bunkering and refining operation was carried out in Okaka community in Bayelsa state which has be­come notorious for crude oil theft and refining,” he said.

Agim said the taskforce identified active militant camps at Okparakiri, Sanikiri and Okporama communities and, on a tip-off, arrested suspected sea robbers and cultists terrorising Abonnema-Buguma in Rivers state waterways.

“Seven Nigerian Agip Oil Company maintenance workers kidnapped while carrying out an assessment of a blasted wellhead in Azuama in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state were rescued and released unharmed. We have also recov­ered several dangerous items such as 230 different types of arms, 240 assorted ammunition, 11 barges, 101 outboard engines, 135 pumping machines from the criminals,” he added.

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Rear Admiral Suleiman Apochi, the Commander, “Op­eration Delta Safe,” said with the operation of the JTF in the region, the level of vandalism in oil infrastructures had drastical­ly dropped.

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