Soldiers Storm Delta Market, Destroy Illegal Refined Products
Soldiers of the Nigerian army 3 battalion numbering over twenty and armed with assault rifles, as early as 7.30am this morning stormed the Maciver market in Warri South local government area of Delta state where over a thousand drums of illegally refined substance suspected to be crude oil was destroyed.
The soldiers who were also armed with cutlasses with which they used in breaking shops that were locked, could not arrest any suspect as most of the shop owners ran to a distance where they helplessly watch their shops forced open with drums of oil destroyed.
Meanwhile, the operation which lasted for over three hours led the soldiers to the river bank where hundreds of hidden drums containing illegally refined products where discovered.
After the operation, illegally refined substance suspected to be crude oil which was estimated at N20 Million Naira black market value littered the floor, while the soldiers move around the market in search for culprits who escaped on sighting the soldiers.
Efforts to make the commanding officer 3 battalion Lt. Col. Bassey Emem speak on the operation on camera proved abortive, as he said he was not authorized to speak, but that the operation is in line with the Chief of Army staff General Kenneth Minimah’s directives to chase oil thieves to the streets.