JTF to hold community leaders responsible for oil facility vandalism

…Bans 200horsepower engine boat in Niger Delta

Mkpoikana Udoma 25 January 2015, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – Following the recent resumption of hostility in the Niger Delta by suspected ex-militants, the Joint Military Taskforce, JTF, Operation Pulo Shield in the Delta region has warned that henceforth, community leaders would be held responsible for any attack on the country’s oil and gas facilities in their domains.

Vandalised-pipeline

Vandalised pipeline

The JTF Commander, Major General Alani Okunlola, gave the warning while inspecting the site of the recent gas pipeline explosion at Egwa in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, belonging to the Nigeria Gas Company, NGC.

The statement warned that “henceforth, extant laws banning the use of outboard engines with 200 horsepower and above would be enforced in the region.”

The JTF Commander said the warning was coming as a result of the recent multiple attacks on oil facilities and platforms by suspected militants in the Niger Delta.

The statement which described the acts as economic sabotage, assured that the JTF would apprehend the perpetrators, and advised those involved in such criminal act to desist from further destruction of the nation’s oil and gas facilities.

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