By Fegor Oghene, Asaba

 

Personnel of the military taskforce, Operation Pulo Shield (OPS), have arrested suspects over recent attacks of oil pipelines and installations in the Niger Delta region.

Task force nabs suspects in pipeline vandalism

By Fegor Oghene, Asaba

 

Personnel of the military taskforce, Operation Pulo Shield (OPS), have arrested suspects over recent attacks of oil pipelines and installations in the Niger Delta region.

 

The Commander, Maj.-Gen. Alani Okunlola, in a statement he issued on Thursday signed by the Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, Col. Ado Isa, said the arrested suspects are currently undergoing investigations.

 

Okunlola said the investigations would determine their culpability before transferring them to relevant prosecuting agencies, adding that troops were on manhunt for other hoodlums who were on the run.

 

But the commander failed to indicate the number of persons arrested by the operatives.

 

“The success of the arrest was due to highly intensified patrols and cordon-and-search operations on the waterways, creeks and communities by the outfit.”

 

Suspected militants recently vandalised some oil and gas pipelines across the Niger Delta including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) gas pipeline in Egwa 1, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State and Agip pipelines in Brass LGA of Bayelsa State.

 

Okunlola further said that the troops had intensified patrols and cordon-and-search within their Area of Responsibility (AoR).

 

The commander also assured the people of Niger Delta of the OPS’ determination to tackle all acts of illegalities in the region.

 

He appealed to them to give useful information that would aid the Joint Force in its operations in line with its mandate in the Niger Delta.

 

He further warned the perpetrators of the crimes to desist from further destruction of oil facilities or be ready to face the full wrath of the law. 

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