Mkpoikana Udoma 31 March 2015, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – Troops of the Joint Task Force , also known as Operation Pulo Shield, have arrested two alleged illegal oil bunkering kingpins at Gbarum Community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State in connection with sea robbery activities within the area.
A statement by the spokesperson of the JTF, Col. Isa Ado says the suspects, Mr Tari-Ladei Bunaighe and Epowo John, are in JTF custody, awaiting further action.
Meanwhile, according to the statement, 10 suspected illegal oil bunkerers were apprehended by the Sector One of the JTF in Warri South and Umuoghun Community in Orhiomwhom Local Government Areas of Delta and Edo States. JTF seized from the oil thieves seven Cotonou boats loaded with substance suspected to be stolen automated gas oil, AGO, or diesel and 15 metres hose pipes.
“The Cotonou boats and the hoses were destroyed while the suspects are in custody of the JTF for interrogation.
“Two trucks with registration number GWW 274 XA and XK 187 EPE were also discovered along Abraka-Obiaruka road and Ugo Community in Ethiope and Orhionmwin Local Government Areas of Delta and Edo States,” the statement further said.
It further said: “The trucks which were loaded with 33,000 litres each of suspected illegally acquired AGO, were taken to safer place and destroyed in line with the mandate of the Task Force while efforts are on to apprehend the fleeing suspects.
“Additionally, the troops also arrested Mr Gege Esua and Mr Tombra Guyman in connection with the attacks on the gunboat crew of the Task Force earlier this year.”
“The suspects were intercepted and arrested along Letugbene Tunu axis in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.”
“The suspects are in the custody of Sector 2 for preliminary investigation to ascertain their level of involvement in the attack”.