The joint military force deployed to protect oil installations in the Niger Delta region, Operation Pulo Shield, on Friday warned Niger Delta militants to desist from further attacks on oil installations.
Disclosing this in a statement, the spokesman of the force, Col Isa Ado said troops, while on patrol on June 9 along Brass water ways of Bayelsa, foiled an attempt by suspected pipeline vandals to destroy Agip’s oil pipeline at Okpoma Community.
According to Ado, six suspected pipeline vandals were arrested along Ebelebiri and Agba communities in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on May 28 by the troops deployed to the area.
He said, “On same day, troops in continuation of its raid on suspected pipeline vandals’ camps carried out cordon and search operation in Oporoma Community of Delta.
“Ten suspected pipeline vandals were arrested during the operation, one pistol, 195 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 14 handheld radio set, 30 detonating cords and several phones with SIM cards were recovered.”
“Those behind this heinous act of bombing of critical installations in the region are warned to have a rethink and tow the line of peace by adopting a legitimate means to address their grievances instead of taking the law into their hands.
“We must embrace and support the laudable and bold initiative by the government to dialogue for peace and development, and call on the communities to guide their youths against acts capable of sabotaging the economy of the nation.”
Ado claimed that that one of the arrested vandals admitted to being part of the group that bombed the Nigerian Petroleum Developing Company, NPDC, crude oil pipeline at Escravos, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta.
Recall that Niger Delta Avengers had claimed responsibility for the NPDC attack at Escravos crude export pipeline.
The spokesman stated that several bomb-related items were recovered from the vandals who allegedly destroyed the Escravos facility.