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Army cracks down on oil thieves in Abia, destroys 14 boats

The Nigerian Army on Friday, destroyed about 14 unlawful oil bunkering vessels arrested with stolen crude oil within the oil-bearing Asa Community of Abia.

The News Agency of Nigeria experiences that the Army operatives set the vessels ablaze, together with eight giant Cotonou boats, at Isimmiri Waterside in Ukwa West Local Government Area.

The General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Maj.-Gen. Hassan Dada, who led the operation, advised newsmen that six suspects have been arrested in reference to the unlawful oil bunkering.

Dada, who was accompanied by the  Commander, 14 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Ohafia, Brig.-Gen. Olusola Diya stated that the suspects had been handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for additional investigations and prosecution.

He stated that the Army was on the creek in respect of finishing up one of many mandates of Operation Udoka, “Which is to ensure that any type of financial sabotage doesn’t occur inside its joint operation space.

“We have been here since Thursday, conducting operations against saboteurs that are trying to take out the crude oil that is the mainstay of our economy,” he stated.

Dada additionally stated that the operation was based mostly on an intelligence report, including that the suspects had tried to begin siphoning the crude from the pipeline earlier than they have been arrested.

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He additional stated that the suspects had sunk some crude oil-laden boats within the water earlier than the troops received there, including that, the troops have been within the means of recovering others.

The GOC stated that every one 14 boats have been destroyed, in keeping with the Standing Operating Procedure.

“The individual that’s concerned on this specific location is on the run presently however we’ll get him, it’s only a matter of time.

“This is extra of a cartel and we consider that lots of people are concerned. The proceeds are getting used to finance these acts of terrorism.

“But as a note of warning, this is just the beginning. We will continue with this operation and make sure no stone is left unturned. The Nigerian Army will in no way tolerate any form of sabotage to the economy of this country,” Dada stated.

NAN

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