JOINT TASK FORCE (NIGER DELTA) SHUT DOWN EMERGING MILITANT CAMP IN THE BAKASSI COASTAL FRONTIER PRECINCTS; SHUT DOWN 59 ILLEGAL OIL DISTILLATION SITES, IMPOUND 4 BARGES IN MULTIPLE ANTI OIL THEFT OPERATIONS

JTF amphibious forces

JTF amphibious forces in a battle-scarred gunboat soldier on in the Niger Delta regardless

BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG
24 November, 2013

Troops of the Joint Task Force – OP PULO SHIELD have shut down an emerging militant camp near the Bakassi Peninsula from which sundry acts of criminality which include pirate attacks and kidnapping for ransom were also being perpetrated. In a related development, troops of the 343 Regiment, 3 Battalion, 19 Battalion, 29 Battalion and 146 Battalion active in the Sectors 1 and 2 areas of responsibility also scuttled 59 illegal oil distillation camps, impounding 4 barges and 16 giant bunkering boats (Cotonou boats) in the process.

These details were contained in a press release made available to Beegeagle’s Blog this morning and signed by the Media Coordinator of the Joint Task Force – OP PULO SHIELD, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu. The statement reads:

“Troops of Sector 3 of the Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield have uncovered and clamped down an emerging militant camp in the Bakassi Local government area of Cross River state. The camp, known in that area as Efut Esighi militant camp, served as a firm base for sea robbers and kidnappers from where they usually fan out to launch attacks on unsuspecting victims.

During the clampdown, the troops recovered 24 x 7.62mm round cartons, 5 Browning Machine Gun ammunition, 3 x 7.62mm round special and 7 live cartridges. Other items recovered from the camp include, 4 machine gun belts and 1 Passport fibre boat belonging to the Inland Waterways Agency.

“In the Sector 1 area of responsibility of the JTF, troops of 3 and 19 Battalions covering Edo and Delta states, have scuttled 3 illegal crude oil distillation camps concealed in a forest at Agbede village and Egwua 2 general area of Esako West and Warri South West Local Government Areas of Edo and Delta States respectively. Items including 7 steel surface tanks, 7 locally fabricated ovens used for heating up stolen crude oil, 235 metal drums and 4 dug out pits containing stolen crude oil were also scuttled during the operation.

” In a similar operation carried out in Sector 2 area of responsibility of the JTF overseeing Bayelsa and Rivers states, troops of 343 Regiment, 146 and 29 Battalions have shut down 56 illegal crude oil distillation camps and scuttled 16 Cotonou boats, 22 pumping machines, 1 power generator, 25 zinc plates used for fabricating local crude oil distillers, 1 welding machine and 32 sawed pipes used by oil thieves. The clampdown was carried out during recent anti oil theft patrols of the waterways of Bonny, Kporghor, Igbematoro and Lasukugbene communities in Bonny, Tai and Southern Ijaw Local Government Areas of Rivers and Bayelsa states respectively. The troops also impounded 4 metal barges and a speed boat caught engaging in illegal oil bunkering activities.

During the anti oil theft operations which lasted from 11 – 22 November 2013, seven suspects were arrested for oil theft related offences and are currently undergoing preliminary investigations before they will be handed over to relevant prosecuting agencies. “

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6 Responses to JOINT TASK FORCE (NIGER DELTA) SHUT DOWN EMERGING MILITANT CAMP IN THE BAKASSI COASTAL FRONTIER PRECINCTS; SHUT DOWN 59 ILLEGAL OIL DISTILLATION SITES, IMPOUND 4 BARGES IN MULTIPLE ANTI OIL THEFT OPERATIONS

  1. beegeagle says:

    As a long-term recipient of communiques issued by the JTF Media Coordinator, I was pleasantly surprised to note that our friend and “Oga at the Top” has been promoted to the rank of Colonel. Oga Onyema is now a redneck,flag rank officer! That is good to know.Like we love to say in Nigeria, “we go wash am o, Colonel”..either at the Mess or on Tombola Night. Congratulations.🙂

    As the helmsman of one of the two military PR desks which have always carried us along, we can only wish him the best in all his future endeavours. He has earned his perch. We thank you for your continuing support and prompt delivery.

    God bless you, sir.

  2. beegeagle says:

    Concerning the report itself, it is heartwarming to note that the militant camp has been neutralised. Its strategic juxtaposition beside Cameroon’s volatile Bakassi Peninsula where marine insurgents of Nigerian extraction have been active suggests that it could easily have become a well-resourced staging post for insurgents and pirates in no time at all.

  3. rka says:

    Well done JTF. Now for prosecuting those responsible all the way to the top.

  4. jimmy says:

    Amen it is always good to see good men promoted good habits breed SAFE ,STABLE ENVIRONMENTS.
    Colonel. Oga Onyema has earned his red neck EPAULETS by presenting on a timely, disciplined and well informed approach information of what is going on in the Niger delta. There was a recent attempt to smear the J.T.S.F. ‘S hard earned name in one of the newspapers it is obvious at this stage , some ogas are not making what they used to make in terms of illicit oil bunkering HENCE THE CAMPAIGN.
    One must by extension congratulate the men/women of the 3rd and 19th battalion and. troops of the 343 Regiment, 146 and 29 Battalions they have been at this slog for illegal activity for a while now.
    Please keep up the good work.

  5. beegeagle says:

    Well said, Oga Jimmy.

    I shall add my own vote of thanks after we have celebrated the new and very senior pips. Enough point-and-kill, isiewu and odeku…🙂

  6. Yagazie says:

    Oga Beegz and Oga Jimmy – i second your plaudits on Colonel Onyeama’s well deserved promotion. Just add ‘nkwobi’ and ‘ugba’ to the food list!! LOL.

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