699 suspects have been arrsted for various crimes in the Niger Delta region in 2022, Operation Delta Safe, a Joint Security Task Force in the South-South, has said.
Rear Adm. Aminu Hassan, Commander of the Joint Task Force, disclosed this on Friday at Igbogene in Yenagoa while briefing Journalists on the activities of the task force in 2022.
According to NAN, the commander said 699 suspects were arrested, 90 assorted illegal weapons and large calibre ammunition seized and 1,883 illegal oil refining sites dismantled.
Hassan added that over 1,800 illegal oil refining sites and 37 militants and sea pirates camps were also destroyed across 12 states in the region within the period under review.
The commander said in the process, the operation was able to save over N53 billion worth of crude oil, diesel, kerosene and petrol.
He added that seven suspects were arrested in possession of illegal arms.
According to the commander, the feat was recorded following several operations conducted to safeguard oil and gas operations and installations in the Niger Delta, as well as the people of the region.
He added that the operation was also extended to prevent crude oil theft, clearance of militants and sea pirates’ and non-kinetic conflict resolution methods.
The commander appreciated the support of the Federal Government, Defence Headquarters, Service Chiefs, other security agencies and stakeholders, including the media for the successes recorded.
He stated that the Joint Task Force had resolved about 188 disputes involving multinational oil companies and host communities through civil-military relations and mediation efforts.