The people of Niger Delta have been urged to help in curbing illegal oil bunkering by giving useful information to the troops of Operation Pulo Shield (OPPS).
The spokesman for OPPS, Lt.-Col. Isa Ado, made the appeal during interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Ughelli recent.
He told the oil communities to guide their youths against acts capable of sabotaging the economy of the nation.
“OPPS will continue to carry out its operations professionally in line with its mandate and make the area crime free,” he said.
OPPS is the joint military outfit deployed to protect oil installations in the Niger Delta.
Ado said its troops caught nine oil thieves in the act in Delta, adding that “the suspects were arrested at a pipeline within an oilfield operated by Mid Western Oil Company in Ugheli in.”
He said that the anti-oil theft operation was carried out on October 17 following a tip off/credible information.
Ado recalled that troops of the unit had seized several trucks and tankers without suspects in the past and attributed the feat to credible intelligence.