JTF destroy 1000 illegal refineries, arrest four suspects

The Joint Task Force on the Niger Delta codenamed Operation Restore yesterday destroyed over one thousand illegal refinery sites in the outskirts of Odiekhe community in the Ahoada West local government area of Rivers State.

Three large wooden boats referred to as “Cotonou boat” by the locals laden with crude oil were also intercepted with four persons nabbed by the security operatives.

The operation rid Odiekhe community of illegal refineries which lasted about six hours was launched in the early hours of the day by men of the 5 Battalion of the Joint Task Force led the Commanding Officer, Ibrahim Jafaru and backed by MI-35 helicopter gunship.
One of the youths arrested identified himself as Peter Akpu an indigene of Afikpo North in Ebonyi State.

Two others, Friday Okirikeke (25) and Elo James, claimed to be from Isoko in Delta while another claimed to be from Abua community in Rivers State.

However Peter Akpu, aged 26, revealed that they were mere labourers and employed by a woman he identified as Madam Monica.

Akpu said “the refined product from here at Camp 1 and 2 are sold for N1,000 per 25 litres as against outside N2,500.”

Another suspect said the crude oil being refined at the illegal sites are procured from NNPC pipeline route along the Oluasiri creeks of Rivers State.

“After we load, we bring it to camp and cook (refine) it. We have many customers,”he said.

Speaking on the ongoing operation against illegal oil bunkering, the Media Coordinator of the JTF, Lt Col. Timothy Antigha said the operation against illegal sites will be sustained.

He added that a proposal will be forwarded to military command for the occupation of the destroyed sites.

“The operation is part of our mandate in the Niger Delta and we are out to end the proliferation of illegal refineries,” he said.
He noted that the JTF had stormed the illegal sites in March, “four months after, we gathered intelligence report that they are back. We will continue storming the illegal sites until they go out of business.”

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  • What nonsense Nigeria will export our crude oil outside to refine, and who own this refinery? Nigerians, the subsidy Nigeria paid, who received it, into whose pocket, the Nigerians. and so the money continue to go round within few Nigerians. Did Nigerians beg GOD to bless this country with oil from the soil? was it not free gift? answer me. By now Nigeria suppose to have at least 8 good functioning oil refineries in Nigerian. All the oil we are consuming suppose to be fined in Nigeria. If I tell that God is happy for what the Elites is doing with this Free Gift of nature to our country that suppose to be use for the poor masses I most be joking. If they think they have saved the monies for their generationsI mean the Thieves, the Elites they should wait. God with His own Mighty HAND will returned these ill-gotten monies. Soon and very Soon God will judge all of them, I am sure of that. Take my word or you leave it. So shall my word be that goeth out of my mouth it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it Issiah 55:11.