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Nigerian Army Destroys 14 Boats Used for Oil Bunkering in Abia State

The Nigerian Army, under Operation UDOKA, successfully intercepted and destroyed 14 boats used for illegal oil bunkering at Isimini Waterside in Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State. This significant operation took place on Friday evening and resulted in the seizure of numerous drums of crude oil.

 

Leading the operation was Major General Hassan Dada, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army in Enugu. Acting on intelligence, the troops laid in wait for five days before catching the perpetrators near an oil flow station in the area. Six suspects were apprehended and subsequently handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) for further investigation and prosecution.

 

General Dada, accompanied by Brigadier General Olusola Diya, Commander of the 14 Brigade Nigerian Army in Ohafia, briefed journalists at the scene. He revealed that the seized boats included eight large Cotonou boats and several smaller vessels. The bunkerers were found to have been rupturing oil pipelines, stealing crude oil, refining some, and transporting the rest to the high seas to sell at low prices to adversaries of the nation.

 

Identifying the leader of the cartel, who remains at large, General Dada pledged that Operation UDOKA would leave no room for economic saboteurs. He emphasized that proceeds from the stolen crude often finance terrorism, and sternly warned those involved to cease their activities or face severe consequences.

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“This operation marks the beginning of a comprehensive crackdown on oil bunkering. We will not spare anyone involved in economic sabotage within our joint operational area,” General Dada declared. “We have been executing operations to protect the economic backbone of our country against those attempting to steal crude oil.”

 

Highlighting the army’s resolve, he added, “We waited here for five days, based on intelligence, and caught them in the act. We recovered 14 boats, some filled with crude oil. While some boats were sunk, causing oil to float on the water, we will destroy all recovered vessels in line with our operational procedures.”

 

General Dada assured that the Nigerian Army is committed to rooting out all forms of economic sabotage. “We know the leader of this cartel, and we will apprehend him. The Nigerian Army will not tolerate any actions that undermine our economy. The perpetrators are part of a larger network of unscrupulous individuals.”

 

This decisive action by the Nigerian Army demonstrates a robust stance against illegal oil bunkering and underscores the ongoing efforts to safeguard the nation’s critical resources.

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