According to reports, the Joint Military Task Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe, says it destroyed three illegal oil refineries in Delta and Rivers states.
The troops also said during the raid which took place on Friday, the outfit impounded 11 metal tanks, five dug pits with about 1,750 tonnes of substances suspected to be crude oil and 170 tonnes of illegally refined automated gas oil.
The spokesman, Joint Media Campaign Centre, ODS, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, confirmed the development in a statement on Saturday.
Abdullahi noted that the operation was part of renewed efforts of the ODS to protect oil and gas infrastructure in the Niger Delta region.
He emphasised that the military had intensified its operation to frustrate the activities of oil thieves and vandals, whom he described as economic saboteurs across the region.
The ODS spokesman said, “Troops of Nigerian Naval Ship (NNS Delta) successfully carried out a raid on two illegal refineries along Lapase creek in Warri South of Delta State.
“During the raid, 11 metal tanks, five dug pits with about 1,750 tonnes of suspected stolen crude oil and 170 tonnes of illegally refined AGO were impounded.
“Also, troops of Sector 3 also destroyed a large illegal refinery with multiple dumps at Alakiri in Rivers State.
“The oil thieves, on sighting our troops, set fire on parts of their bunkering camp to deny access to the illegal site. However, the troops put out the fire and destroyed the illegal refining site.”
Abdullahi solicited the support of the law abiding members of the public to the operational activities of ODS with valuable information that would lead to achieving the mandate and securing of oil facilities.
We are here to protect oil and gas infrastructure, deter and prevent sea robbery, crude oil theft and other criminalities with the joint area of the ODS that can impact negatively on economic activities in Niger Delta,” the spokesman added.