- 462 illegal structures along Lagos waterways are destroyed by Nigerians soldiers attached to Operation Atatse
- The illegal structures are destroyed to curb pipeline vandalism, crude oil theft and other crimes likely to affect the security of Lagos and Ogun states
- During the raid, the troops discover devices which include fabricated pipes and multiple hoses connected to the NNPC pipelines to illegally siphon petrol
Nigerian soldiers attached to Operation Atatse have destroyed 462 illegal structures along the waterside in the Atlas Cove area of Lagos state.
The illegal structures were destroyed in a clearance operation tagged Kurombe which is being carried out by troops to curb pipeline vandalism, crude oil theft, kidnapping, robbery, and other related criminal activities likely to affect the security of Lagos and Ogun states.
Thomas Otuji, the spokesperson for Operation Atatse, said in a statement that the mandate of the operation also includes the protection of the critical NNPC pipelines within the right of way from Atlas Cove to Mosomi, PR Nigeria reports.
During the raid, the troops were said to have destroyed devices which include fabricated pipes and multiple hoses connected to the NNPC pipelines to illegally siphon petrol.
Otuji stated that foreigners found on the Islands without any form of documentation. were interrogated. He said during interrogation, the troops learned that vandals collude with miscreants to export stolen products to neighbouring countries thereby shortchanging Nigeria.
Some of the items destroyed by the troops include, 150 thousand empty jerry cans discovered, over 5 thousand jerry cans with PMS confiscated, 310 discovered well/pits with PMS and 21 canoes and 2 boats among others.
Meanwhile, a report by Daily Trust indicates that Boko Haram insurgents on the night of Monday, January 6, ambushed the convoy of the theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi.
Legit.ng gathered that General Adeniyi survived the attack which took place few kilometres away from Jakana around 7.20 pm.
The newspaper reports that a military source said the theatre commander was on his way back to Maiduguri after a visit to troops who were recently deployed to Jakana.
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