06 February 2016, Lagos – Pipeline vandals Thursday night , laid ambush on the Anti Pipeline Vandalism Joint Task Force, JTF in Arepo area of Ogun state, killing five operatives. The operatives were suspected to be naval personnel.
As at yesterday , Vanguard learnt that only three bodies of the slain personnel had been recovered . The incident described as a reprisal attack, occurred barely 24 hours after the Joint Task Force, comprising the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Army and the National Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC, had launched series of attacks at the pipeline vandalism syndicate in the area, which led to series of arrest and startling discoveries.
While vandals were siphoning petroleum product from a burst Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation pipeline.
They were said to have opened fire on the personnel but later bowed to their superior fire power, abandoning their trucks and containers filled with the siphoned petroleum product. During its routine patrol of the area Thursday night , the JTF reportedly heard an explosion in the creeks.
In their bid to ascertain where the explosion was from, they were reportedly attacked by vandals said to have used the explosion as a bait. Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command , Rear Admiral Ralph Osondu said investigations were ongoing.