Troops Recover 151,850 litres of Stolen Crude Oil, Arrest Fake Soldier, Neutralize 50 Terrorists

Military Troops of Operation DELTA SAFE maintained momentum against the activities of crude oil theft, recovered 151,850 litres of stolen crude oil, 48,630 litres of illegally refined AGO and 10,125 litres of DPK, apprehended 76 suspected oil thefts and other criminals elements as well as recovered one dane gun, one locally made pistol, 10 weapons, 20 ammunitions and other suspected criminals in Udu and Akpabuyo LGAs of Delta and Cross River States respectively. 

Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba disclosed this on a comprehensive press statement on ongoing counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations which is making the country safer each passing day that these evil forces are decimated. "The armed forces is on course with it's operations ,which are yielding encouraging results."he said. 

According to Major General Buba, Troops in the Niger Delta area destroyed 242 dugout pits, 49 boats, 78 storage tanks, one tricycle, 21 vehicles, 104 cooking ovens, 3 pumping machine, 7 outboard engine and 49 illegal refining sites. In the south south, troops denied oil theft of the estimated sum of One Hundred Twenty Eight Million Sixty Six Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty Five Naira (N128,066,825.00) only.

He said, Troops arrested a fake soldier in military uniform in Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa State. Troops also conducted raid operation in Bakassi LGA of Cross River State. Additionally, troops arrested a gunrunner in Obudu LGA of Cross River State.

Major General Buba added that the operations of the last one week, resulted in 50 neutralized terrorists with 122 of them arrested. Troops also arrested 49 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 182 kidnapped hostages. 

He noted that troops recovered 66 assorted weapons and 11,474 assorted ammunition. The breakdown as follows: one conqueror APC, one GPMG, one NSVT gun, one GT3 rifle, 25 AK47 rifles, 4 pump action gun, 2 locally made AK47 rifles, 3 locally made gun, one locally made revolver gun, 4 locally fabricated pistols and 4 long dane gun, 2 locally made hand grenades, one bandolier.

"The military continues to target the leadership and chain of command of the terrorist, insurgents and extremist undermining the security of citizens in the country. 

"The armed forces will continue to apply strong military pressure such as has been witnessed in the week. The terrorist and their cohorts would continue to suffer heavy casualities. It is in their interest to surrender as being done in the NE of the country to avoid eventual destruction."he stressed. 

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