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Navy chief extends operation against oil thieves by 90 days

The Chief of Naval Employees, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, has prolonged the Nigerian Navy’s Operation Delta Sanity for one more 90 days.

The operation was launched on January 6, 2024, to fight oil theft and associated crimes.

That is in step with President Bola Tinubu’s directive to eradicate crude oil theft and improve manufacturing in Nigeria to enhance the economic system.

A press release on Wednesday by Naval Info Service Director Commodore A. Adams-Aliu mentioned Operation Delta Sanity concerned the deployment of personnel, platforms, helicopters and UAVs for aggressive surveillance and interception operations all through the Niger Delta area.

Based on him, the Naval Commander, represented by the Chief of Coaching and Operations, Rear Admiral Olusegun Ferreira, made the announcement on board the Nigerian Navy ship Okpabana in Onne, Rivers State.

He mentioned: “The Chief of Naval Employees, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla, has prolonged the Nigerian Navy’s Operation Delta Sanity for one more 90 days. Operation Delta Sanity was launched on January 6, 2024 to fight oil theft and associated crimes. That is in step with the directive of the President and Commander-in-Chief to eradicate crude oil theft and enhance Nigeria’s manufacturing for an improved economic system.

“Operation Delta Sanity concerned the deployment of personnel, platforms, helicopters and UAVs for aggressive surveillance and interception operations throughout the Niger Delta area. The successes had been quick and memorable, together with the restoration of big portions of stolen merchandise, the dismantling of unlawful refineries, the arrest of suspects and the seizure of stolen merchandise. Consequently, the operation was prolonged till April 2024 for 90 days.

“Throughout the analysis of the outcomes of the operation at a press convention on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, the Commander Job Group, Rear Admiral Samson Bura, acknowledged that since its extension in April 2024, a complete of twenty-two suspects have been arrested and roughly 122 unlawful refinery websites have been deactivated.”

He added {that a} complete of 57 boats and 65 storage tanks have been put out of service and 6 vessels have been detained.

“Moreover, giant portions of crude oil and illegally refined Automotive Fuel Oil had been seized and correctly handled. Additionally, a complete of 57 wood boats, 45 dug wells and 65 storage tanks had been deactivated, whereas 6 vessels had been arrested. As well as, varied gadgets and tools used within the building of unlawful refineries had been seized.

“The achievements and successes of Op Delta Sanity underscore the necessity to prolong the operation. Subsequently, the Chief of Naval Employees, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla, has accepted the extension of Operation Delta Sanity for one more 90 days, efficient July 10, 2024,” the assertion mentioned.

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