The Nigerian Army, on Thursday, August 24, said its men have destroyed a massive illegal refinery in Delta State.
The disclosure was made by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen, Onyema Nwachukwu, and posted on the army’s handle on X (formerly Twitter),
The director mentioned that the troops of 6 Division, Nigerian Army, destroyed 8 active Ovens used for illegal refining of stolen crude oil, 14 storage reservoirs containing stolen crude oil estimated at 200,000 litres and 90,000 litres.
The statement read, “On 23 August 2023, troops conducting anti-oil theft operations, responding to actionable intelligence swooped on an illegal oil refinery site in the general area of Ogbokoko and Atu in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State. During the operations, troops destroyed 8 active Ovens used for illegal refining of stolen crude oil, 14 storage reservoirs containing stolen crude oil estimated at 200,000 litres and 90,000 litres of locally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).”
He said an investigation is ongoing to apprehend the absconded criminals.
“The oil thieves fled the scene, on sighting the advancement of troops. The Illegal refining site was destroyed in-situ in line with extant guidelines of Operation Delta Safe. Investigation is ongoing to arrest the fleeing criminals.”
Nwachukwu implored the public to inform the army of any act of sabotage.
He added, “Members of the public are please implored to report any suspected act of sabotage or criminality to security agencies to enhance ongoing operations to curb economic sabotage in the country.”