Oil thieves have devised new strategy in Bayelsa, Delta – JTF

Oil theft, oil thief…Now bury stolen crude in shrines, septic tanks

Mkpoikana Udoma 12 September 2914, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – The Joint Military Taskforce, JTF, operating in the Niger Delta, otherwise known as Operation Pulo Shield, says it has discovered that stolen crude oil are now buried in shrines, Septic Tanks and other private areas in some communities in Delta and Bayelsa States.

The JTF said some stolen Crude Oil are also buried in sitting rooms of individuals.

The JTF Spokesperson, Lieutenant. Col. Mustapha Ankar in a statement said the Illegal Oil Bunkers Squad of the JTF taskforce uncovered the new tactics applied by Oil Thieves and Illegal Bunkers to cover-up their act.

He said it seized more than 12,000 tons of crude oil buried in a Sewage Tank; he said the Sewage Truck was intercepted along Ibakpa-Amuke community in Sapele Local Government Area of Delta state.

Lieut. Col. Mustapha Ankar in the statement also said that both the suspect and the product are now in the custody of the JTF for preliminary investigations, before handing them over for prosecution.

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