DHQ: Troops destroy 20 illegal refining sites in South-South

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The Defence Headquarters said Troops of Operation DELTA SAFE conducted land, maritime and air operations in the South-South Zone discovered and immobilized a total of 20 illegal refining sites, 62 ovens, 12 cooking pots/boilers, 8 cooling systems, 19 reservoirs, 18 large dugout pits and 88 storage tanks in South-South.

Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko disclosed this while briefing the media on operational activities the Armed Forces of Zone within the period of two weeks.

He added that 8 criminal elements, including two impostors were arrested and seven arms and three rounds of ammunition, among other items were also recovered in the course of the operations in the Zone.

Onyeuko further stated that the troops rescued 13 kidnapped civilians within the period.

He said a total of one million, two hundred and three thousand, two hundred and fifty litres (1,252,250ltrs) of illegally refined Ago and one million, one hundred and thirty-eight thousand, three hundred and forty litres (1,140,340ltrs) of stolen crude were recovered in the course of the operations.

He said troops neutralized 3 armed robbers and rescued 2 kidnapped civilians; while 5 criminal elements associated with pipeline vandalism, piracy, illegal oil bunkering and armed robbery were arrested within the period.

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