Over 600 suspects arrested for oil theft, pipeline vandalism

Operation Delta Safe, a Joint Security Task Force in the South-South has arrested a total of 699 suspects for various crimes in the Niger Delta region in 2022.

A report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), says Rear Adm. Aminu Hassan, Commander of the Joint Task Force, made this known on Friday at Igbogene in Yenagoa while briefing journalists on their activities in 2022.

The commander said 699 suspects were arrested, 90 assorted illegal weapons and large-caliber ammo were,n nationalized and 1,883 illegal oil refining sites tes dismantled.

He added that over 1,800 illegal oil refining sites and 37 militants and sea pirates camps were also destroyed across 12 states in the region within the period under review.

Hassan said in the process, the operation was able to save over N53 billion worth of crude oil, diesel, kerosene, and petrol. He added that seven suspects were arrested in possession of illegal arms.

According to the commander, the feat was recorded following several operations conducted to safeguard oil and gas operations and installations in the Niger Delta, as well as the people of the region.

Chairman of the Bayelsa Maritime Union, Mr. Ogoniba Ipigansi, in an interview with newsmen, gave an assurance that the unions would cooperate with the security outfit.

NAN reports that items recovered from the seven suspects include AK 47 rifles, bullets, cash, mobile phones, and Automated Teller Machine cards.

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