Troops of Operation Delta Safe Recovers Illegal Bunkering Equipment

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Operation Delta Safe

The seizure of the Illegal Bunkering Equipment was made along Chanomi North bank pipeline in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State by the Sector 1 Military Command of the Operation Delta Safe.

Other items recovered include one welding machine, two inserted valves, two shovels, two filing machines, two packets of electrolyte, one hose, bolts, nuts of various sizes and a pumping machine.

Troops while on patrol also discovered militants and kidnappers camp at Rumuekpe.

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A statement by the Operation Delta Safe that gave a breakdown of troops operations within the Niger Delta region said that the camp was destroyed.

Also, troops handed over to Ughelli Area Command, two suspects, Julius Egorume and Ese Ohoro, who were arrested earlier in connection with act of vandalism at Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) Well Head 12, located between Otu Jeremi and Ukpiovwin communities in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State.

In another location in Ugbemu Village along Oghara Benin Road in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, troops also intercepted a tipper with registration number Akwa Ibom XA 240 KTD carrying 200 litres locally constructed tanks filled with product suspected to be illegally refined diesel.

Three suspects were arrested alongside the tipper and products undergoing preliminary investigation.

Illegal Bunkering Equipment
[/media-credit] The Seized Illegal Bunkering Equipment

A patrol team at Adeje community along Sapele-Warri Road in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State intercepted a Volkswagen car with registration number Anambra AH 615 ATN carrying 27 Containers of 25 litre Jerry cans filled with product suspected to be illegally refilled Dual Purpose Kerosene. Suspect, vehicle and product are undergoing preliminary investigation.

Another patrol team intercepted a suspected 15,000 litre tanker truck with registration number Lagos XU 140 BDG loaded with product suspected to be illegally refined diesel and arrested suspects in connection with the truck.

In Warri, troops in conjunction with the Police embarked on patrol to Ehnehre Kolokolo Community in the area used by suspected hoodlums who normally terrorize the Community. They also carried out a Cordon and Search Operations, arresting 36 hoodlums whom have been handed over to the Police for further screening.

According to the statement, one Mrs Chiosa Ossai, a staff of SEPLAT was reportedly kidnapped with her father, Mr Sunday Ossai along Sapele Eku Road in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.

Search operations are ongoing by own troops in conjunction with the Nigeria Police, Department of State Service operatives and Vigilante members.

In Ethiope West Local Government Area, a suspected truck used for illegal bunkering with registration number Edo XA 176 EKP was arrested with product behind Otumara Community.

Following intelligence report on possession of illegal firearms by some youths in Onugbo Community, Warri South Local Government Are, cordon and search operations were launched, with six suspects arrested in possession of one pump action gun, one dane gun, 12 live cartridge and two cutlasses.

Operation Delta Safe troops deployed at Uti in Uvwie Local Government Area also intercepted a gang of armed robbers in an ash coloured Toyota Camry car.

The suspects were alleged to have escaped arrest and were chased by a Police patrol team and on sighting own troops, suspects jumped out of the vehicle and fled.

However, one suspect was shot dead.

One cut to size gun, two locally made pistols, nine live cartridges and the vehicle were recovered and handed over to the Police.