The Nigerian Army says its troops from 2 Brigade have destroyed 52 “illegal refineries” in Krakrama, Bille and Better land community areas of Rivers State.
The army spokesperson, Sani Usman, in a statement on Sunday, said the operation took place on Saturday. He said the troops recovered six large pots used in refining crude oil, one swamp buggy, two high-powered engine boats, a pumping machine, and 10 empty drums.
The troops also cleared a notorious kidnappers’ camp and rescued one kidnap victim at Obiozumini near Obite in Ogbema/Ndoni/Egbema local government area, the army said.
The army, which has been on “Exercise Crocodile Smile” in the Niger Delta for some weeks now, said the operation would be sustained until criminality is subdued in the region.
All the recovered items, the statement said, would be destroyed.
The army in a previous statement said it destroyed 72 “illegal refineries” during a similar operation in Bayelsa State.