No fewer than seven vehicles used in conveying crude have been set ablaze by the officials of Joint Task Force in Egwi community of Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State.
A source said, the vehicles: two buses and five smaller cars were loaded with the crude by illegal bunkerers when men of the JTF who are monitoring the are a intercepted them.
The Tide gathered that the illegal bunkerers normally operate in the night and early morning hours and transport the products to the neighbouring states through the newly constructed Egwi/Afara/Mba road where the products find their ways to some of the local refineries in Abia and Imo States.
When The Tide visited the area, some remains of the vehicles were still there while scrap dealers have started to remove the useful parts for their scrap business.
Eye witness said when the JTF men stationed at Egwi Afara junction, on siting the illegal bunkerers directed them to some spots where they are ordered out of the vehicles before setting them ablaze.
It is not clear if the bunkerers were arrested after burning their operational vehicles or allowed to go free but the route which has become a prime choice of the illegal bunkerers are free of such activities in recent days.
The Tide investigation also gathered that another bus used by the illegal bunkerers summersauted at Umuokomoche in Mba community. The spilt crude on the road has started eroding off parts of the newly constructed road.