JTF unravels large scale oil bunkering sites in Rivers

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By Eunice Nnachi

Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe (OPDS), yesterday unraveled two vast oil bunkering sites in Samkiri community, a small settlement located in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State.

In a tour of the sites by the OPDS Commander Rear Adm. John Okeke, represented by the Maritime Component Commander, Commodore Adedokun Siyabade, reveals that over 30, illegal refining camps are in operation in the area.

The JTF Commander said that in continuation of the effort of the JTF South South Operation Delta Safe is ready to rid the area of crude oil theft and other crimes in the area.

According to him, the JTF will keep mounting operations in the different parts of the country, “you will recall that barely two to three weeks ago some illegally refined site was destroyed in Ataba close to Bonny, so the operation continues.”

“So, here we are today in Samkiri village around cutting channel 1, where we have so many illegally refining sites behind a village.

“We have about 10 boiling points there, here on the other side we have more than 20, as you can see.

“So, the JTF is not relenting in its efforts to rid this environment of crude oil theft and associated crimes and as we have always been saying.

“We are not going to give room for people that have bent on impinging the country’s source of income, that is why we are here today,” he said.

According to him, as you can see all the illegal cooking sites in this environment unfortunately are behind a community. It seems every house in the community have her own illegal refining site which is not good for the image of the country and for the wellbeing of the people.

“If you can observe, one of the well heads is still pumping out crude into a dug out pit that has been done by the perpetrators of the act.

“I want to bring it to further this operation was conducted by personnel from JTF was conducted by personnel from JTF, Nigerian Navy, Army, Air force, and all our operating paramilitary organization working with the OPDS joint operation that is mounted to rid this environment of crude oil theft and also cooking of this crude to make adulterated AGO.