Sunday, October 6, 2013

JTF captures bunkering vessels, nabs 26

The Joint (Military) Task Force in the Niger Delta, code named Operation Pulo Shield, said on Sunday that it intercepted two bunkering vessels and arrested 26 suspected oil thieves, including a Ghanain, in the region.  According to the JTF spokesman, Lt.-Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the feat was achieved after a week-long operations in Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta and Edo states.  He said the suspects were arrested over alleged illegal lifting of crude oil and illegally distilled Automated Gas Oil (diesel).  In Bayelsa State, Nwachukwu said troops of 343 Artillery Regiment deployed in the state’s creeks, uncovered a hose illegally connected from Nigerian Agip Oil Company’s pipeline to an illegal oil dump.
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He said the oil dump was serving an illegal oil distillation camp containing 15 large storage tanks at Oyeregbene community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
He urged the multinational oil company in Brass to carry out repairs on the breached point.
He added that the vessel, christened MILANDROS, was intercepted around the West Bank of Bonny anchorage, where a six inch diameter hose over a distance of 1,000 metres from the vessel had been connected to the pipeline.

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