Nigeria Armed Forces Continues Unyielding Fight Against Oil Theft, Denying Criminals Millions

The Nigeria Defence Headquarters recently provided a comprehensive update on the sustained efforts of troops across operational theatres within the six geopolitical zones. These efforts have been focused on combating terrorism, oil theft, and other forms of criminality to tackle the nation’s various security challenges.

During a press briefing covering operational activities between 13th to 20th July 2023, Major General Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operations, revealed that troops of Operation DELTA SAFE successfully denied oil thieves an estimated sum of Two Hundred and Two Million Seven Hundred and Eighty-Eight Thousand Three Hundred Naira (N202,788,300.00). The troops accomplished this feat through the interception and destruction of a vessel involved in crude oil theft, as well as the obliteration of several illegal refining sites. The air component also played a critical role in the operations by conducting air interdictions to eliminate active illegal refining sites.

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In the South East region, troops of Operation UDO KA also made significant strides during their operations. They recovered one AK47 rifle, four pump-action guns, one dane gun, and 86 live cartridges. Additionally, they neutralized one threat and apprehended 12 suspects. All recovered items, arrested individuals, and rescued civilians have been handed over to the relevant authorities for further action.

Major General Buba attributed the success of these operations to the invaluable support received from citizens in the form of tips, intelligence, cooperation, and synergy, among other contributions. He emphasized that these joint efforts are crucial in addressing the security challenges that the nation faces, and he highlighted the importance of collective responsibility in ensuring a safer Nigeria.

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