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How Military Saved Nigeria From N4 Billion Oil Theft — Defense Headquarters

How Military Saved Nigeria From N4 Billion Oil Theft — Def

The Nigerian military has revealed how its operations in the Niger Delta region saved the country by stopping oil thieves from stealing crude oil estimated at N4 billion.

In its disclosure on Thursday, the military high command shared that within the period, more than 6.6 million litres of stolen crude oil, 3.5 million litres of AGO, 200,000 litres of DPK, and over 65,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirits were recovered from oil thieves within the period under review.

The revelation was made by Maj. Gen. Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operations, during the quarterly briefing on the operations of the military across the country between June and August 2023.

“Troops operations in the South-South geopolitical zone resulted in the arrest of the following; 6,652,250 litres of stolen crude oil, 3,558,325 litres of illegally refined AGO, 288,650 litres of DPK, and 65,600 PMS.

“All amounting to an estimated sum of N4bn denied to the oil thieves. Thus saving the nation from losing this money to economic saboteurs”, he said.

“Our operations across the six geopolitical zones from June to August 2023 reveal that; we neutralised 814 terrorists and arrested 1,326 criminals.

“We arrested 42 kidnappers, 231 collaborators, 33 armed robbers, 80 cattle rustlers, 325 militias, 27 rails vandals, 73 gunrunners, 191 suspected oil thieves, and rescued 721 kidnapped hostages. Additionally, 4,560 terrorist and their families surrendered to troops”, Buba added.

Speaking further, he added that a total of 3,269 assorted kinds of ammunition and 674 other equipment among others were recovered from criminals.

“Troops recovered a total number of 501 weapons, 3,577 livestock, 3,269 assorted kinds of ammunition, and 674 other equipment.

“The breakdown of these arms and ammunition is as follows; 117 AK47 rifles, one AK49 rifle, 5 revolvers, 28 fabricated rifles, 11 fabricated pistols, 57 Dane guns, 23 pistols, 24 pump action guns, 3 FN rifles, 3 GPMGs, one double barrel gun, one barreta pistol, one G3 rifle, 2 HK21 rifles one IED, 123 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 2,008 rounds of 7.62mm special, 30 rounds of 7.62mm x 39mm, 512 rounds of 7.62mm x 54mm, 190 rounds of 5.5mm, 39 rounds of 9mm, 29 rounds of PKM, and 19 cartridges.

“Troops equally recovered: one RPG tube, three hand grenades, one locally made hand grenade, one locally made bomb, two rifle butts, one AK47 barrel, one GMPG barrel, two MG links, 98 AK47 magazines, two G3 magazines, 2 FN magazines, two PKT magazines, 2 LMG magazines, two tear gas launchers, one bulletproof vest, 49 vehicles, 213 motorcycles, 48 bicycles, 69 mobile phones, five boating radios, four woodland camouflages, two boots, 74 knives, 71 handsets, 11 laptops, 13 steering rods and pumps, 45 machetes, and 25 jack knives.”

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