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The Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta codenamed Operation Delta Safe says a total of 1,603 ‘sabotage’ incidents occurred on Nigeria’s three crude export trunk lines in the past two years.

The outgone Commander, JTF, Rear Admiral Akinjide Akinrinade, stated this during a handover ceremony at the security outfit’s headquarters in Igbogene area of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, at the weekend.

Akinrinade, who handed over the baton of leadership to Rear Admiral Aminu Hassan, also said the task force scuttled 1,291 attacks on the three crude export facilities during the period under his leadership.

He said, “For instance, from January 2019 to date, the JTF averted 1,291 out of 1,603 of the attempted infractions on SPDC major export lines: that is Trans Niger Pipeline, Trans Ramos Pipeline and Trans Escravos Pipelines.

“The number of aversions accounts for 85 per cent of the total attempts.

“These efforts have ensured that major export pipelines, marginal and infield lines are 97 per cent available and functional, which facilitate the evacuation of crude oil and gas to designated export terminals.

“The Force demobilized about 2,859 illegally refinery sites, over 4,812 storage facilities, 905 Cotonou boats and other illegal bunkering ancillaries.

“Also, more than 681 suspected oil thieves, 38 vessels, 44 barges, 38 trucks and other vehicles were also arrested/impounded.

“Additionally, about 51,078.32MT of stolen crude oil and 57,114.146MT of illegally refined products were handled appropriately.”

According to him, the security outfit also demobilised 297 militant camps and recovered about 121 assorted weapons.

Akinrinade said he took over the baton of leadership at the JTF command in January 2019 and realigned operations to be intelligence-driven, adding that he had a fulfilled military career.

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