Oil thieves illegitimately refining crude oil at Otor-Edo and surrounding communities in Ughelli South Local Government Area, Delta State, and soldiers from the 222 Battalion, Agbarha-Otor, in the state are tangled in a roundabout war. The illegal oil refiners have also destroyed aquatic life in the river, economic crops and a large expanse of land at Okpare community, following their intermittent firestorm with spilled crude to thwart efforts of soldiers at gaining access to their points of operation to secure enough time to escape. NDV learned that fire snarl-up in the river is working for the oil thieves, as they have been able to fence-off soldiers with it and sustained their operations in the creek, even transporting diesel and other products in daylight. However, military operatives have also launched an offensive against the vandals, setting ablaze, according to a source, a minimum of 50 vehicles found to be carrying […]