Military Operations Have Reduce Pipeline Vandalism in The South-West – DHQ

Military Operations Have Reduce Pipeline Vandalism in The South-West – DHQ
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Mariam Sanni, Abuja

In the South West Zone, troops of Operation AWATSE and subsidiary Operations CALM WATER II and SWIFT RESPONSE have continued to intensify the fight against economic saboteurs and other criminal elements in the Zone, Nigerian Defence Headquarters said.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operation, Major General John Enenche, during his weekly update on the activities of troops in various operations across the country, explained that troops’ activities have drastically reduced pipeline vandalism and other criminal activities in the South West Zone.

”Within the period under review, a total number of 92 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice; 1,500 litres of PMS and 79 bales of fairly used clothes were intercepted. Also, 2 smugglers were arrested and handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agency for further action.

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”Similarly, within the period under review, operation DELTA SAFE troops conducted comprehensive anti-illegal refinery and anti-crude oil theft/illegal bunkering operations daily to deter economic saboteur’s freedom of action in the Zone.

”Cumulatively, 7 illegal refining sites with 48 metal tanks, 2 dugout pits, 3 reservoirs, 10 ovens and 6 wooden boats were immobilized, while one 8HP Yamaha engine and 2 pumping machines were recovered.

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”Also, a total number of 16,984.9 barrels of illegally refined crude oil, 1,428,000 litres of illegally refined AGO and 10,000 litres of DPK were seized from oil thieves.”, he noted.

Meanwhile, the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE continued to dominate the theatre of operation with its force package of Nigerian Air Force fighter jets and helicopter gunships.

According to him, several air operations were conducted with resultant effects and criminal elements were destroyed in air strikes executed at Ajiri Village in Borno State.

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Subsequently, a series of air patrols and Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance missions as well as air cover for ground troops have been continuously conducted across the Zone.


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