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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Panic in Niger-Delta as JTF makes several arrests

There was tension  within the Niger-Delta region, following an attack by the military, leading to the arrest of militants responsible for the multiple attacks on oil pipelines and installations.
According to a statement issued by the spokesman of Operation Pulo Shield, Colonel Isa Ado, those who carried out various attacks on oil pipelines and installations in the region has been apprehended.
Members Of Operation Pulo Shield
It would be recalled that militants recently attacked and vandalized several oil and gas pipelines across the Niger Delta including pipelines owned by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and AGIP.
Colonel Ado noted that the suspects were currently undergoing a preliminary investigation in order to ascertain the degree of their involvement in the attacks before they are handed over to the prosecution agencies.
He attributed the success of the arrests to the intensifying of patrols and efforts to cordon off and search waterways, creeks, and riverine communities.
The spokesman noted that the Commander of Operation Pulo Shield, Major General Alani Gafar Okunlola was determined to stop all illegal activities in the Niger Delta region. Major General Okunlola also called upon the locals to provide any information they possessed about these illegal acts.
“The Commander [Major General Okunlola] also assured the people of Niger Delta of the Operation’s determination to wipe out all acts of illegalities in the region and also called on them to give useful information that will aid the Joint Force in its operations in line with its mandate in the Niger Delta.
“He further warned the perpetrators of crime to desist from further destruction of oil facilities or be ready to face the wrath of the law,” Colonel Ado stated.
In the same vein, the Nigerian army has said it will take strict measures against the pro-Biafran Militants threatening the peace with the southsouth and southeast region of the country. The defence headquarters said the pro-Biafran militants who allegedly hijacked a merchant vessel off the coast of Nigeria on Friday, January 29, would be made to face the wrath which is meted-out to criminals and saboteurs.

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