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Troops destroy 3 illegal refineries, arrest 5 cultists in S/S

...4 criminals, 1 robber arrested
…as 326 bags of rice, 2 wooden boats impounded
…commissioning of some human capital projects

By Victor Akaa, Abuja

The Nigerian military in its renewed vigour had destroyed 3 illegal refineries, arrested 5 cult members as 326 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice were recovered in the 2 wooden boats impounded from 30 October to 4 November, 2020 in the South South zone.

Just as the troops had also arrested about 4 criminals with locally made guns in kogi state during the on-going military operations across the country within the period in focus.

Maj. Gen. John Enenche, Co-ordinator, Defence Media Operations, DHQ disclosed this in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the updates of the military’s operational activities going on in various geopolitical zones in the country.

According to Gen. Enenche, the updates which features on arrests of criminals ,destruction of illegal refineries and criminals’ logistics and facilities, recovery of firearms, food products, several litres of PMS, amongst others were tremendously recorded by the troops within the past week.

“Troops of Operation Delta Safe have continued with the aggressive fight against crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism and economic sabotage in the zone with significant successes.

“Notably, within the period in focus, troops of Operation Delta Safe discovered and immobilized 3 illegal refineries containing 7 boilers, 2 reservoirs and 2 tanks loaded with illegally refined oil products around Orutoru in Bonny Local Government
Area of Rivers State.

“Troops in conjunction with local vigilante arrested 5 suspected cultists at Jesse Community in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State.

“Troops of Operation Delta Safe while on patrol arrested a suspected armed robber with locally made pistol at Igbudu Market in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

“Between 30 October and 3 November 2020, Forward Operating Base IBAKA gunboats while on routine patrol around Utan Iyata intercepted and arrested 2 wooden boats laden with 326 of 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice suspected to be smuggled in from Cameroon.

“On 30 October 2020, Forward Operating Base IBAKA patrol team intercepted and arrested one small size wooden boat laden with product suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) along Mbo River, being smuggled to the Republic of Cameroon.”

He noted that items recovered from the arrest include one small size wooden boat, forty four 300 litres drums of PMS, one pumping machine and two 40 HP Yamaha engine.
All the impounded items have been handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agency for necessary action.

Explaining further, the DMO Coordinator stated that there was gradual reduction in the activities of criminality in the North Central zone.

This, according to him, was the product of troops’ continued intense aggressive clearance operations amongst others, to decisively curtail activities of armed bandits and other associated crimes in the zone.

“Troops of Sector 2 Operation Whirl Punch while on patrol at Bassa village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State repelled armed bandits attack. In the course of the encounter, several bandits were neutralized.

“Troops of Headquarters Command Army Records Lokoja in conjunction with Defence Intelligence Agency operatives arrested 4 suspected criminals with 3 locally made guns at Auko village along Lokoja- Abuja Highway in Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi State.”

Gen. Enenche also pointed out that, the Non kinetic operations incorporated into the zone by the Headquarters Operation Safe Haven through extensive Civil Military Cooperation activities to cultivate cordial relations with the various ethnic groups improved the security situations in the zone.

Notably, among the several meetings held in the zone according to Enenche were the fostered security meetings by the Headquarters Operation Safe Haven
with stakeholders from Kibadu, Foka and Ungwar Doruwa villages in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State on 29 October 2020, round of meetings on 30 October 2020 at Gero village in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State and another held with Heads of Security Agencies and Local Government Chairmen on 31 October 2020.

According to him, another Peace Meetings were also held with representatives of Fulani, Irigwe, Berom, Hausa, Afizere and Rukuba communities in Jos South and Bassa Local Government Areas of Plateau State, and Godo-Godo District of Jama’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State 31 October 2020.

“As it is, these meetings were organized in continuation of peace and reconciliation efforts amongst the various ethnic groups in the zone.

“The meetings focused extensively on farmers/herders clashes, kidnapping, farm encroachment/destruction and other sundry security challenges in the State.

Gen. Enenche further enumerated some of the projects commissioned by the Headquarters Operation Safe Haven to include,5 boreholes at Angwan Rana, Kurmin Masara, Boto, Zikpak, and a solar energy panel project in Sabon Kaura clinic in Kauru, Zangon-Kataf and Jama’a Local Government Areas of Kaduna State respectively.

Also, a newly renovated Administrative Block at Government Secondary School Gidan Waya in Jama’a Local Government Area was commissioned.

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