By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”MEN of the Joint Task Force (JTF), code-named Operation Restore Hope, Sector One, have begun raiding of hide-outs of suspected illegal oil bunkerers, starting from the popular Pessu Market axis and stretching towards the Miller Waterside in the oil city of Warri in Delta State .
The raid yielded hundreds of drums containing substance suspected to be stolen crude oil and they were carted away, while some arrests were said to have been made.
Yesterdayâ€™s raid, according to security sources, was carried out following a report about the activities of illegal oil bunkerers dispensing both PMS, AGO and engine oil from the place to unsuspecting members of the public.
It was gathered that many motorists in Warri and environs had been complaining of incessant breakdown of their vehicles as a result of low quality products being sold to them, either at the road sides or from some filling stations.
â€œWe got series of complaints and intelligence report indicating that the said crude oil emanated from the Miller Waterside in Warri. We kept surveillance for some time and discovered that a thriving business of engine oil was being carried out thereâ€, the security source said.
But residents and some dealers in the areas raided told Vanguard that the business had been going on there for years with the active connivance of soldiers stationed in the area, wondering why the raid was coming now.
Effort to get the Commander, Sector One, ofÂ JTF, Warri, Colonel Jamil Sarham, for comment proved abortive, just as fear of another invasion by the soldiers have gripped the people.