The Nigerian Army said it uncovered illegal oil bunker camps in Imo and Delta states and intercepted boats and vehicles laden with illegal oil products.
The Nigerian Army made this known in a statement signed by its Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, shared on their X (formerly Twitter) handle on Wednesday.
The statement partly read, “Troops of 343 Artillery Regiment conducting anti-oil theft operations on Monday 28 August 2023 cracked down on an oil thieves’ camp in Obokofia community in Imo State. In the crackdown, the vigilant troops intercepted 15 sacks and 13 Jerrycans of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) concealed in the camp.
“The troops also recovered two Pumping machines, three power generators, one hose and a toolbox used for hacking into oil pipelines.
“In a similar operation, also conducted on 28 August 2023, troops of 3 Battalion clamped down on an active illegal oil refining site containing three cooking ovens and six reservoirs at Enokora Community in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.
“Acting on credible information, troops conducting anti-oil theft operations, on 29 August 2023, intercepted a wooden boat loaded with 110 sacks of illegally refined AGO concealed in the creeks of Egbema West in Ohaji/ Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.
“The vigilant troops equally intercepted two vehicles loaded with 18 sacks of illegally refined AGO within the same general area.” Punch