JTF destroys illegal refinery in Delta

Festus Ahon

06 August 2012, Sweetcrude, UGHELLI—THE Joint Military Task Force, JTF, in the Niger Delta, weekend, invaded an illegal refinery at Ovrode community, Isoko North Local Government Area, Delta State, destroying two concrete refining wells and a giant storage tank.

The soldiers stormed the refinery sited at Okpaide forest in the community at 10.30am in five Hilux pick-ups and also destroyed the piping system of the illegal refinery.

Commanding Officer of 222 Battalion, Lt. Col. Atahiru Rasheed, told newsmen after the operation that they embarked on the raid after they got a tip off that some persons were carrying out illegal refining of crude oil in the area.

Rasheed said that JTF was prepared to continue to keep vigilance on the area, so as to keep those involved in the illegal operations at bay.

He added, that “JTF was leaving no stone unturned in tackling the problem of crude oil theft, illegal refining of petroleum products and reducing illegal bunkering to the barest minimum.”

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  • The environmental degradation resulting from the incidence of crude oil theft and illegal refining has reached crisis proportion. Unfortunately, the government isn’t doing enough to nip it in the bud. It is obviously no longer enough to wield the big stick in an effort to curb the trend. Government must get back on the drawing board and seek out other ways and means of checking it.

  • 4 wat? Y would does bastards destroy d refinery? Wat is illegal abat d refinery? Federal Govt should b ashamed. Instead of encouragin dos talents dey are busyin destroyin dem. Isnt it a gud tin if we av more of dem n our domestic oil demand problem is solved sins d federal govt av resolved nt 2 solve our problem of d so called legal refineries?