Apochi Suleiman, commander of operation Delta safe (OPDS), says no fewer than 300 illegal refineries have been destroyed.
This is the second time the military will be destroying illegal refineries since TheCable’s undercover report on the activities of suspected oil thieves was published.
In the report, some of the pipeline vandals said they bribe security operatives before carrying out their operation.
On Wednesday at the Nigerian navy ship (NNS), Warri naval base, Suleiman said: “Cases of illegal bunkering, pipeline vandalism and associated criminalities do increase during major festivities and election years.
“This necessitated the launching of `OPERATION 777’ by the CDS and activated by the OPDS.
“The `OPERATION 777’ has made huge achievement as over 300 illegal refineries, 156 locally manufactured boats, 1,085 surface tanks have been destroyed.
“Additionally, 15 barges, 10 tanker trucks, 31 vehicles, 45 speed boats, 16 outboard engines, 41 pumping machines, 15 generating sets and 76 other items have been impounded.
“It is also worthy to mention that six different types of arms and over 100 items of munitions were recovered during the period in focus.
“Importantly, a wanted militant and member of `kill and bury’ gang named Gift Apollo was arrested during the operations.
“The group was responsible for the attack and death of our soldier deployed in Abua/Odua sometime in August.”
The commander said an anti-illegal bunkering/anti-illegal refining operation was also conducted at Okaki community in Bayelsa in which over 100 reservoirs and an estimated 210 metric tonnes of automated gasoline oil (AGO) were destroyed.