JTF impounds oil-laden boats

JTF13 August 2013, Port Harcourt – At least 10 open wooden boats laden with 198,000 litres of suspected stolen Automated Gas Oil (AGO) have been impounded by the Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield.

JTF operatives also destroyed 27 illegal refineries in two separate operations within the Niger Delta region.

The boats were said to have been intercepted by the troops of 3 and 19 battalions of the JTF.

Three of the impounded boats were reportedly laden with 15,000 litres each. Six of the boats contained 20,000 litres each while one of the boats was loaded with about 33, 000 litres.

The Media Coordinator, JTF, Lt. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, described the products as adulterated AGO.

Nwachukwu said the boats were uncovered at an area where oil thieves set up 16 illegal refineries. He said the illicit refineries were later destroyed by the troops.

He said: “The oil thieves operated with 50 oil cooking tanks, 37 steel reservoir, 27 large plastic tanks, 40 metal drums and 5 dug out pits in Ugbokodo, Ajudigho, Saghara, Obegugu and Oghara all in Warri South and Ethiope West local government areas of Delta State.”

He said 11 suspected oil thieves were arrested by the troops from July 26 to August 6.

According to him, five of the suspects were apprehended while attempting to steal crude oil from a pipeline belonging to the Product and Pipeline Marketing Company (PPMC).
He said troops of 146 Battalion of Sector 2 arrested the suspects at the pipeline located along Otokolomabie creek in Rivers State.

– The Nation

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