Nigerian military, on Friday, announced that it has apprehended 19 suspected oil militants as they tried to blow up an oil pipeline.
According to a statement issued by the Coordinator of Joint Media Campaign Centre, Colonel Isa Ado, the militants were about to blow up an oil pipeline operated by the Nigerian subsidiary of Italy’s Eni.
The statement noted also that the military arrested three coordinators of the militant bombing across Bayelsa and Delta state.
“One of the arrested suspects, John Oboka — aka Jamaica — confessed to being part of the group that bombed the Nigerian Petroleum Developing Company (NPDC) crude oil pipeline at Escravos,” the statement said.
“Meanwhile, the Joint Force once again use this medium to assure the good people of Niger Delta and indeed entire members of the public that ‘Operation Pulo Shied’ would not be deterred by the activities of these criminals as the Joint Force remains highly committed to carrying out its mandate professionally within the region.”
“The Joint Force would continue to clamp down on fleeing criminals including pipeline vandals and intensify efforts towards dismantling all militant camps in the region.”
“Those behind this heinous act of bombing of critical installations in the region are warned to have a rethink and toe the line of peace by adopting a legitimate means to address their grievances instead of taking the law into their hands.”
“We must embrace and support the laudable and bold initiative by the government to dialogue for peace and development.”
“The command also wishes to use this medium to call on the communities to guard their youths against acts capable of sabotaging the country’s economy and also urged real people of the region to support the Joint Force by providing credible and timely information to aid its operations.”