9 July 2011
Troops of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF), supported by MI-35 helicopter, stormed the large field where the sites were located in Odiekhe community in southern
, Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Antigha said. Rivers State
JTF arrested the suspects and seized three large wooden boats filled with stolen crude during the raid, Antigha said.
More than 1,000 of the sites were destroyed during the operation which lasted for more than six hours, he said.