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Nigerian Military Launches Major Crackdown on Militants and Oil Thieves

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Griffith Sarah

Apr 12, 2024

Significant quantities of weapons and ammunition seized

The security forces also dealt a heavy blow to oil thieves in the Niger Delta, arresting 36 suspects and dismantling numerous illegal oil refining operations. Approximately 270 weapons and over 5,000 rounds of ammunition were seized during the raids.
The Nigerian military on a huntfor Islamist militants

In a decisive week-long operation, the Nigerian military has reported significant success against Islamist militants in the north and rampant oil theft in the Niger Delta.

Major-General Edward Buba, the Defence spokesperson, announced on Friday that;

" The operation resulted in the killing or wounding of 188 militants, the arrest of 330 suspects, and the rescue of 133 kidnap victims.

The security forces also dealt a heavy blow to oil thieves in the Niger Delta, arresting 36 suspects and dismantling numerous illegal oil refining operations. Approximately 270 weapons and over 5,000 rounds of ammunition were seized during the raids.


General Buba emphasized the military's commitment to eliminating terrorism and enhancing national security.


"Our troops are demonstrating remarkable efficiency and will continue their robust operations against these threats nationwide," he stated.

The crackdown also saw the destruction of 51 dugout pits, 24 boats, 21 storage tanks, and over 20 illegal refining sites, with nearly 700,000 litres of stolen crude oil recovered.

This operation highlights the ongoing challenges Nigeria faces, including Islamist insurgency, separatist violence, and extensive oil theft, which have plagued the nation's stability and economic prospects.

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