Troops arrest 83 oil thieves in Niger Delta

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    By Emmanuel Obisue

    Nigerian troops have arrested no fewer than 83 oil thieves in the Niger Delta region, denying them an estimated sum of “N2.6 billion only”.

    Disclosing this on Thursday at the Nigerian Defence Headquarters, Abuja while briefing newsmen, Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, said troops in the Niger Delta region also discovered and destroyed “134 dugout pits, 79 boats and 116 storage tanks.

    Other items recovered include 149 cooking ovens, one speedboat, 11 vehicles, 8 motorcycles and 74 illegal refining sites. Troops recovered 2,947,770 litres of stolen crude oil, 251,800 litres of illegally refined AGO, 6,125 litres of DPK and 6,790 litres of PMS”.

    In other offensive operations in recent weeks, Buba added that troops also neutralised 286 terrorists, arrested 244 of them, and rescued 122 kidnapped hostages.

    He said stakeholders must work to win the war against insecurity by changing the conditions that make the insurgents willing to fight. “We must also win the war by increasing support for government at various levels through heart and mind projects indicative of good governance”.

    “The military is wasting no time and sparing any effort to ensure security and safety of citizens across the country. Accordingly, we would continue to take necessary measures to ensure a secured and safer environment for citizens.

    “Following the chorus of voices saturating the air waves in the country, there is no gain saying that, there are salient challenges affecting our country that require practical ideas and solutions. It is against this background that the military finds itself uniquely positioned to unabatedly address the security challenges in the country.

    “The armed forces are not only ensuring dissemination of terrorists and cohorts in the country. It remains focussed and concentrates on the task and mission at hand,” Gen. Buba added.