Troops of the 6 Division Nigerian Army, in a sustained crackdown on saboteurs of Nigeria’s oil sector, have uncovered and destroyed an illegal oil refinery site in the general area of Ogbokoko and Atu in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, made this known in a statement on Thursday.
According to Nwachukwu, troops swooped down on the illegal refinery site on Wednesday 23 August 2023, while conducting anti-oil theft operations in response to actionable intelligence.
During the operation, 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).
The criminals fled the scene on sighting the advancement of troops, as the illegal refining site was destroyed in-situ in line with extant guidelines of Operation Delta Safe.
The NA stated that an investigation is ongoing to arrest the fleeing criminals, and implored members of the public to report any suspected act of sabotage or criminality to security agencies to enhance ongoing operations aimed at curbing economic sabotage in the country.