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Operation Crocodile Smile III destroys illegal refineries in Rivers, Delta, A-Ibom

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By Egufe Yafugborhi

PORT HAR-COURT—IN continuation of Operation Crocodile Smile III, the Nigerian Army has destroyed several illegal refineries during day and night strikes through the Division 6, Area of Responsibility, AOB.

Col Aminu Iliyasu, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 6 Division, told Vanguard yesterday in Port Harcourt that some suspects have also been arrested in the intensified offensives against oil theft involving Delta, Akwa Ibom, and Rivers  waterways.

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He said: ”In one of such patrols, a crack patrol team of the Brigade on  November 8, destroyed illegally refined products  in Eket and Ibeno Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom State. Five hundred drums and two surface tanks were destroyed in the course of the operation.

“In similar operations by troops of 16 Brigade on 9 November, six illegal oil bunkering sites were destroyed at KM 45 Bille, Degema Local Government Area, Rivers State. Four  large reservoirs containing stolen crude oil and seven Cotonou boats used in the illicit act were also destroyed.

“Further patrols within Awonikiri in Bille Degema, on 10th November led to the discovery of a hideout for militants and pirates.

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“The troops discovered three illegal refining sites at Obodo Asisan, Ogbesedua, and Ogbokoko all in Warri South LGA which were hitherto destroyed in previous operations.

“Two suspects, Oghenemaga Egubare and Maxwell Umar were arrested in the vicinity and handed over to a sister security agency.”

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