The operatives of the Joint Military Task force, JTF, code named Operation Polu Shield has arrested eleven notorious oil thieves for sttealing crude oil from Product and Pipeline Marleting Company pipeline along Otokolomabie creek in Rivers State.
The vandals were arrested alongside with three fibers speed boats and three barges used in carrying out the illicit activities in the regional creeks.
JTF also said eleven illegal refineries were clampdown while 17 open wooden boats used for stealing crude were impounded by operatives of the command .
Troops of 146 Battalion of Sector 2 of the JTF deployed to Bonny Island intercepted the suspected vandals along the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) where PPMC and SPDC pipelines were laid.
JTF in a statement signed by its media coordinator and spokesman of the command, Lt Col Onyema Nwachukwu said youths of Ogala community in Okirika in Rivers state facilitated the impoundment of a bus used for illegal bunkering activities.
The vandals truck, laden with illegally sourced crude oil was reported to JTF land patrols that promptly swung into action and impounded the vehicle.