04 February 2016, Yenagoa — Troops of the Joint Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, say they have arrested some suspected bombers of oil pipelines and installations across the region.
The Commander, OPS, Maj.-Gen. Alani Okunlola, made the revelation in a statement on Thursday issued by the Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, Col. Ado Isa.
Okunlola said the arrested suspects were currently undergoing thorough investigation to ascertain their degree of involvement before being handed over to the relevant prosecuting agencies.
He said the OPS was making frantic efforts to track and arrest hoodlums who were on the run.
The Commander, who did not indicate the number of arrests made, said, “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 attacked and vandalised some oil and gas pipelines across the Niger Delta among which were the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation gas pipeline in Egwa 1, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State and Agip pipelines in Brass LGA of Bayelsa State.
Okunlola reiterated that the patrol of the outfit’s area of responsibility had been intensified, while cordon-and-search operation would continue until all the culprits were apprehended.
The Commander also assured the people of the Niger Delta of the OPS’ determination to wipe out all acts of illegalities in the region.
He called on 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.
*Simon Utebor – Punch