DHQ Says Troops Intercepted N3.7bn Stolen Petroleum Products

The Defence Headquarters has announced the interception of stolen petroleum products worth N3, 708,259,338.00 from suspected oil thieves in the Niger Delta within two weeks.

DHQ said the combined troops of Operations Delta Safe, Octopus Grip, and Dakar Da Barawo intercepted the petroleum products from suspected oil thieves in the Niger Delta.

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Addressing journalists on Thursday, the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Musa Danmadami, disclosed the activities of the troops between August 11 and 25.

Major General Danmadami, giving a breakdown of the volume of petroleum products recovered from the suspects, said, “25,977.15 barrels of crude oil; 3,236,130 litres of Automotive Gas Oil; 26,575 litres of Premium Motor Spirit, and 2,000 litres of Dual Purpose Kerosene were recovered. Also, troops arrested 21 pipeline vandals.

“Also, troops recovered four tankers, two-speed boats, one generator, one outboard engine, 14 pumping machines, and three AK47 rifles.”

The statement added, “On August 13, 2022, troops of Guards Brigade raided some suspected terrorists’ hideouts at Deidei Abattoir in Abuja Municipal Area Council and Dupka village in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory.

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“During the raid operation, eight suspected terrorists were arrested; five AK47 rifles and the pump action guns were recovered, while large quantities of items suspected to be cannabis sativa, three machetes, knives among other items were also recovered.”

He added that troops killed several terrorists, including a high-profile commander of ISWAP identified as Uzaifa, who was the ‘Mizner ’ and a bandit leader, Aminu Duniya.

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