Nigeria: JTF arrests 11 suspected oil thieves


• Shuts 27 illegal refineries

Operatives of the Joint Task Force, JTF, has again arrested 11 suspected oil thieves allegedly linked with illegal oil bunkering activities during its multiple raids in the creeks of Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers States.

The JTF also shut down 27 illegal oil refineries operating in the three states of the Niger Delta region. Media Coordinator of the JTF, Lt.-Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this yesterday in a statement made available to National Mirror, he said the anti-oil theft operations lasted between July 26 and August 9.

Nwachukwu said the suspects, who were arrested for oil theft and other related offences were currently undergoing preliminary investigations before they would be handed over to relevant prosecuting agencies.

Giving a breakdown of the raids, the spokesman said five oil theft suspects who attempted to steal crude oil from the pipeline of the Product and Pipeline Marketing Company, PPMC, located along Otokolomabie Creek in Rivers State were arrested its by operatives.


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