The Defence Headquarters reported on Thursday that over the course of two weeks, troops from the combined operations Delta Safe, Octopus Grip, and Dakar Da Barawo successfully seized petroleum products worth N3, 708,259,338.00 from suspected oil thieves in the Niger Delta.
The Nigerian Army Guards Brigade troops allegedly searched suspected terrorist hideouts in Deidei Abattoir in the Federal Capital Territory’s Gwagwalada Area Council and Abuja Municipal Area Council, according to the military high command.
Major General Musa Danmadami, the director of defense media operations, revealed this when he briefed journalists on the troop’s activities from August 11 to August 25.
Giving a breakdown of the quantity of petroleum products seized from the suspects, he said “25,977.15 barrel 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 speedboats, one generator, one outboard engine, 14 pumping machine and three AK47 rifles.”
Danmadami pointed out that during the raids, the forces also found and demolished a number of unauthorized refinery sites.
In addition to the eight suspected terrorists who were detained, the Guards Brigade also found eight firearms and other things during the operation.
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.
“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.”