Army destroys 46 illegal oil refineries in Rivers, Bayelsa, A’Ibom


The Nigerian Army said on Wednesday that its troops had destroyed 46 illegal oil refining camps and barges, discovered in Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.

The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, and 6 Division Spokesman, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, stated this in a release, while giving a summary of Operation Crocodile Smile II which was conducted in the Niger Delta region.

Iliyasu said 49 suspects were also arrested in 19 incidences for various offences ranging from cult activities, possession of arms to kidnapping.

 The army exercise, Crocodile Smile II was conducted simultaneously across the areas of responsibility of 2, 6, 81 and 82 Divisions of the army, which covered the Southwest and South-South regions from October 7 to 28.The army spokesman, Iliyasu, said, “During the exercise, 46 illegal oil bunkering camps were discovered across Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states. Troops were able to locate and destroy all the illegal refining camps as well as Cotonou boats and wooden barges loaded with stolen crude and other illegally refined products.”

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