ARMY IN ABIA DESTROYS 14 BOATS, ARRESTS OIL THEFT SUSPECTS

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The Nigerian Army on Friday, destroyed about fourteen illegal oil bunkering vessels arrested with stolen crude oil in the oil-bearing Asa Community of Abia.
 
The Army operatives set the vessels ablaze, including eight large Cotonou boats, at Isimmiri Waterside in Ukwa West Local Government Area.
 
The General Officer Commanding, GOC 82 Division, Major General Hassan Dada, who led the operation, told newsmen that six suspects were arrested in connection with the illegal oil bunkering.
 
Dada, who was accompanied by the Commander, 14 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Ohafia, Brigader General, Olusola Diya said that the suspects had been handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for further investigations and prosecution.
 
He said that the Army was at the creek in respect of carrying out one of the mandates of Operation Udoka, which is to make sure that any form of economic sabotage does not happen within its joint operation area.
 
Dada also said that the operation was based on intelligence report, adding that the suspects had attempted to start siphoning the crude from the pipeline, before they were arrested.
 
He further said that the suspects had sunk some crude oil-laden boats in the water before the troops got there, adding that, the troops were in the process of recovering others.
 
The GOC said that all the fourteen boats destroyed, were in line with the Standing Operating Procedure.

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