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Nigerian military bursts illegal oil dump in Niger Delt

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…Grace Ovrahwah 

The troops of 146 Battalion, 16 Brigade Nigerian Army while on routine patrol on Wednesday 28th June 2017, along Sucrucho-Kalarogbana Fishing Ports general area, discovered and destroyed a reactivated illegal oil dumb. 

The items recovered include 1 Cooking pot, 2 Storage tanks (iron and plastic) loaded with suspected stolen crude oil, 1 Cylinder and a pumping machine.

According to a statement by Brigadier General Sani Usman, Director Army Public Relations, on the same day, troops stationed at Forward Operation Base Ahoada, while on routine patrol around Ogbogu general area arrested a suspected cultist. 

Usman also listed other items recovered from the suspect include local charms and substances suspected to include marijuana. The suspect has been handed over to SARS at Erema for further interrogation.

 Similarly, he stated thay on June 27, 2017, following a tip-off from well-meaning citizens, about suspected armed bandits terrorising residents of Ogbolo-Ogbolo community, combined troops and personnel of Mobile Police stationed at Akinima Division, carried out cordon and search operation in the area. Although the suspects fled the scene before troops arrived, the combined team recovered 2 Locally made gun loaded with cartridges, and 3 Machetes. 

The troops also thwarted an attempt by kidnappers to attack traders at Omoku market on the same day, following the aftermath of cultist rivalry fight at Uzochi community in Ahoada LGA, Rivers State, troops also conducted aggressive patrol from Ogbogolo to Uzochi. Although normalcy has returned to the area, the Patrol Commander sensitised the inhabitants of the area on the need for peace.



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