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JTF intercepts illegal bunkering barge, arrests 11 suspects

BY Samuel Oyadongha

Yenagoa—Operatives of the Joint Task Force, JTF, in the Niger Delta, codenamed Operation Pulo Shield, have impounded a barge involved in alleged illegal oil bunkering on the Atlantic fringe of Bayelsa State.

The Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre of the JTF, Lt. Col. Mustapha Anka, yesterday, made the disclosure in a statement in Yenagoa.
He said the ocean going barge laden with unspecified quantity of crude oil was intercepted and arrested along Mangbiye Creek in the coastal enclave of Sangana in Brass Local Government Area of the state by men of the Sector 2 anti- illegal oil bunkering unit of the special security unit.

Anka added: “The troops deployed at Kalaibiama also discovered one wooden boat and a metal barge filled with stolen crude oil. No arrest was made as the suspects absconded on sighting the troops.
“The troops deployed at Igbomatoro in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, while on patrol discovered and destroyed 23 illegal oil distillery camps, 18 illegal oil dumps, and 34 drums filled with stolen crude.

“Other items discovered and scuttled include six cotonou boats and three pumping machines used for illegal oil bunkering activities.  Six suspects were arrested while illegally siphoning products from Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, NNPC, pipeline at Okwagbude Community in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.”

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