Troops Arrest Suspected Bandits And Pipeline Vandals, Seize Tanker

Troops Arrest Suspected Bandits And Pipeline Vandals, Seize Tanker


Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke have arrested two suspected armed bandits in Doma Local Government Area (LGA) of Nasarawa State.

The Acting Director of Defence Information at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

The suspects were said to have been arrested during a raid on bandits’ hideout in Abuja Ogor, a local settlement in Doma.

Two AK 47 rifles, three magazines and 126 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the suspect following the operation.

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In a similar operation, troops of Sector 3 of Operation Whirl Stroke deployed at Ondori in the same location raided a suspected militia hideout and recovered two AK 47 rifles with two empty magazines, one clarion 5.56 Israeli assault rifle mounted with a magazine.

The troops also conducted a raid on a suspected armed bandits camp at Dogo Gawa, a border community between Takum in Taraba State and Katsina-Ala in Benue State.

A shootout ensued in the process while the bandits who were overpowered by the soldiers fled, abandoning their camp.

One locally made rifle, one laptop, two cellphones, sim cards, ATM cards, and N400,000 were recovered while the troops subsequently destroyed the camp.

In the southern part of the country, the DHQ spokesman said troops of 222 Battalion on routine patrol arrested two suspected pipeline vandals along the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) pipeline in Isoko South LGA of Delta State.

“The suspects were arrested along with a tanker truck and eight motorcycles while attempting to vandalise a petroleum pipeline,” he said.

Similarly, troops of Operation Delta Safe conducted strings of operations to combat illegal bunkering and other related crimes in the Niger Delta region.

During the operations, Colonel Onyeama said troops of Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) DELTA and Sector 1 Operation Delta Safe uncovered and destroyed an illegal refining camp with 18 ovens, 18 coolers, 39 waste pits, while on patrol at Iwhrekreka community in Ugheli LGA of Delta.

He revealed that other items recovered included 26 surface tanks and five pits cumulatively filled with about 750,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil.

“Some of the suspects arrested during the coordinated operations have been handed over to relevant prosecuting security agencies, while others are still undergoing preliminary investigation,” the DHQ spokesman said.

Suspected Pipeline Vandals, Others Arrested In Akwa Ibom

Police, pipeline vandals, akwa ibomPolice say they have arrested three people suspected to be pipeline vandals in Akwa Ibom State.

The three suspects were among seven suspected criminals paraded before journalists at the Police Headquarters in Uyo, the state’s capital in southeast Nigeria.

Parading the suspects, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Cordelia Nwawe, said the suspects were arrested at a hotel in Eket, following intelligence reports.

Mr Nwawe listed items recovered from the suspects to include: two high-powered Improvised Explosive Device and one long single high-powered propel launcher bomb which is capable of destroying any high-pressure oil pipeline among others.

The other four suspects paraded were said to specialise in stealing motorcycles and electric transformers.

The Police spokesman appealed to members of the public to be more conscious of the security issues in their environment.

Air Force Strikes Arepo Again

Air Force, Niger Delta, ArepoThe Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has again on Monday struck at criminal hideouts and camps harbouring pipeline vandals at Arepo and environs.

According to a statement by the Air Force spokesman, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, the latest air strike is in continuation of the aerial bombardment commenced by the NAF on Thursday, July 28 to rid the affected areas of pipeline vandals and other criminal elements.

The statement further said that the ongoing air operations are aimed at providing air support for the joint task force recently set-up by the Defence Headquarters to dislodge pipeline vandals in the south west region of the country in an operation codenamed ‘Operation Awatse’.

Amosun Commends Military Action Against Militants’ Activities At Arepo

Militants' Threats, Ibikunle Amosun, Military Action, ArepoThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has ordered the immediate clearing of about 500 metres of bush around the creeks of Arepo area of the state.

This is to ensure better security around the place which has witnessed activities of militants in recent times.

He gave the order while on an on-the-spot assessment of the area allegedly sacked by suspected militants from the creeks as well as pipeline vandals.

The Governor, while commending the federal government for its prompt response to security threats around some communities within the state, expressed the commitment of his administration towards providing adequate security to bring normalcy to those areas.

According to the residents, suspected militants have made life unbearable for them.

The State Governor admonished the security personnel posted to the place not to drop the ball just as he ordered the immediate clearing of the bushes around the creeks to ensure better security.

The Governor, who visited in company of security chiefs, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his prompt response to the challenges of the suspected militants terrorizing the affected communities.

Some level of calm returned to Arepo community in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State after a special security apparatus was recently deployed to contain the activities of suspected militants in the area.

Okowa Commissions More Projects, Appeals To Pipeline Vandals

Pipeline Vandals, Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta StateDelta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged those who are vandalizing pipelines to sheath their swords and employ civil approaches to addressing issues.

The Governor made the call while commissioning Jeddo/Ughoton road in Okpe Local Government Area of the state as part of activities to mark his one year in office.

The Governor said that the activities of the vandals in the state has affected communities negatively.

“The pipeline vandalism that is going on is very bad for Delta State, we are suffering from pollution, our communities are affected, we are the greatest losers; our communities are impacted negatively.

“I want to appeal to our brothers who are involved in one way or the other in these vandalism to stop. We cannot destroy ourselves in order to make a point, there are more civil ways of channelling grievances which we should apply than vandalizing pipelines and endangering our people,” the Governor said.

Commissioning the road, Governor Okowa said that his attention was drawn to the deplorable state of the road by the Orodje of Okpe, His Royal Majesty Orhue I and commended the contractor for the speedy delivery of the road.

The Orodje of Okpe, Orhue I, in a brief speech, congratulated the people of Delta for having a listening governor disclosing that only a phone call made Governor Okowa construct the road which also leads to the community where the Commissioner for Works, James Augoye hails from.

“Our Governor is a listening Governor; we want to thank him, Okpe people deserve to say thank you, because only one phone call to him and this road was done,” the Orodje said,

Augoye in his speech, observed that the road was impassable as at December, 2015 when the contract for the construction of the road was awarded.

In a related development, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has directed the Ministry of Works to rehabilitate failed portions of Adeola Road, Sapele to ameliorate the sufferings of the people of the area.

The road is about 200 metres.

The Governor also inspected the on-going dualization of Amukpe/Sapele road in Sapele Local Government Area of the state, and the level of progress of work at Okuetolor/Arhagba road in Okpe Local Government Area.

Nigerian Army Parades Suspected Niger Delta Avengers Militants

Nigerian Army, Niger Delta Avengers, Niger DeltaThe Nigerian Army has arrested 10 suspected militants and pipeline vandals in the Niger Delta region.

The Commander, 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Benin City, Brigadier General Farouk Yahaya, while addressing newsmen before parading the suspects, said that they were arrested during a cordon and search exercise conducted in Oporozoa community and its environs in Delta State.

He affirmed that the arrested suspects may have links with the Niger Delta Avengers militant group as guns, ammunition and other equipment were recovered from them.

Brigadier General Yahaya maintained that the operation was conducted professionally in line with the code of conduct and rules of engagement of the Nigerian Army.

The Army also reaffirmed its commitment to tackling pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region.

Imo NSCDC Warns Pipeline Vandals, Oil Thieves   

NSCDC, Pipeline Vandals, Oil Thieves The newly posted Imo State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Mr Stephen Lar, has warned oil pipeline vandals, illegal miners, oil thieves and perpetrators of all other related crimes to stay off the state.

In his maiden briefing with newsmen in Owerri the Imo State capital, he said that the command has renewed drive to fight economic saboteurs in the country.

Mr Lar revealed that the command has commenced training and retraining of its staff to meet up with the present day challenges of oil pipe vandalism, kidnapping, oil theft and illegal mining.

He added that several officers of the command have been deployed to most of the oil producing areas of the state to mount active surveillance on oil installations to prevent any act of economic sabotage.

Mr Lar said that the command will not hesitate to punish anyone found guilty of any economic sabotage, which is a mandate given to them by the federal government.

While assuring Imo citizens of dedication and commitment to tackling crime in the state, Mr Lar called on officers and men of the command to cooperate with the new leadership in order to achieve their desired goals.

Osinbajo Expresses FG’s Commitment To Repairing Vandalised Pipelines

Yemi-OsinbajoNigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo on Friday said that the Federal and State Governments were committed to ensure the quick repair of the vandalized 48 ” crude pipeline at Focardos Export Terminal to ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerians.

Addressing Journalists after a fact finding visit on repair work at the terminal, Prof. Osinbajo condemned the act of vandalism, explaining that it was as bad as any kind of terrorism and would not be tolerated by the government because it has an adverse effect on the economy.

“Federal government is working with the state and Shell Petroleum Development Company to ensure that the damaged pipeline is repaired quickly because government is losing a lot of money since that terminal stopped working, About 300,000 barrels of crude oil daily is shut in which is a great loss to our economy.” he said

“Pipeline vandalism is what we are trying to curtail and we are beefing up security in the area to ensure that such incident does not happen again because it has also affected gas production in the country resulting in the epileptic power supply being experienced in the country”, he added.

The Vice President noted that the damages on the pipeline is responsible for the poor generation of gas which has also negatively affected power generation in the country

Also speaking, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, said that the Focardos Terminal was important to the state and Federal Government as it was the Export Terminal used by Shell Petroleum Development Company to evacuate product for sale, stressing that “all production on land, both crude and gas, by Shell has been reduced and this is affecting power supply in the country.”

He expressed hope that the repair works on the damaged pipeline would be completed by May ending for operations to commence saying “we were briefed by Shell that the repair works on the pipeline will be completed by May ending, it means that the terminal will become functional soon.”

We’ll Deal With Pipeline Vandals Like Boko Haram – Buhari

Buhari warns pipeline vandalsPresident Muhammadu Buhari has warned vandals and saboteurs blowing up oil and gas installations in Nigeria to ‘desist immediately or face the same drastic action being taken against Boko Haram by the Armed Forces’.

Speaking at a meeting held on Wednesday with members of the Nigerian Community in Beijing, China, President Buhari also reaffirmed his total commitment to winning the war against corruption.

An Arch-enemy

He said that corruption was an arch-enemy of the nation which has destroyed the lives of many Nigerians.

“I ask for your support to make our vision of stamping out corruption a reality in the shortest possible time. Whoever is caught will not be spared.

“The government is still being dared, but those who are sensible should have learnt a lesson. Those who are mad, let them continue in their madness.

“I am aware that in the last two weeks, the national grid collapsed a number of times. I hope this message will reach the vandals and saboteurs who are blowing up pipelines and installations.

“We will deal with them the way we dealt with Boko Haram,” the President declared.

No Quick Wins

President Buhari also assured the Nigerian Community that the Federal Government was working very hard to overcome current national challenges and deliver on its promise of a better Nigeria.

“Clearly, our vision of a diversified and inclusive economy will not be achieved overnight. It will be a long, and in some cases, painful journey. I am very confident we will get there. But we must start that journey now.

“We hear proposals for short cuts or quick wins. However, all we need to do is look at our history to know that there are no quick wins or short cuts in fixing Nigeria. The many decades of damage and destruction cannot be repaired overnight.

“The reform program we are implementing is not because oil prices are below $45 per barrel today. It is because when oil prices were over $100 per barrel, majority of Nigerians were still suffering. They were simply forgotten and left behind. So, our reforms are to ensure that the majority of Nigerians are not left behind,” the President told the gathering.

President Buhari also assured the Nigerian community that his administration was fulfilling its promise to improve security across the country.

“When we came into office in 2015, Boko Haram insurgents occupied 14 Local Government Areas. Today, I am pleased to say the insurgents have been routed out of these local governments and their capacity to fight as a force has been significantly degraded.

“We will continue working hard to ensure that the group is eliminated. This is achievable. And we will not settle for anything less,” he said.

NNPC Assures Nigerians OF Petrol Supply

NNPC on PetrolThe Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has assured Nigerians that it has enough products to meet the demands for the month of March.

The statement aimed at cushioning the effect of the current scarcity of petrol across Nigeria was made on Saturday by the NNPC’s Group Executive Director in charge of Commercial Investment, Mr Babatunde Adeniran.

Mr Adeniran, who was on a tour of some petrol stations in Abuja, attributed the recent scarcity to pipeline vandalism.

He assured Nigerian that the NNPC was making efforts to fix the pipelines and checkmate the vandals.

The NNPC also warned petroleum marketers against hoarding the product, an act he said had made the situation more severe.

Mr Adeniran also urged Nigerians to stop panic buying and gave the assurance that petrol would be fully available by the beginning of the new week.

Committee Hands Over Suspected Oil Thieves To Police

OilThe Delta State Waterways and Land Security Committee has handed over four suspected oil bunkers to the Police.

While briefing reporters about the development, the Chairman of the committee, which was inaugurated late last year, Boro Oputu, said the suspects were also disposing locally refined diesel, produced and stored in caravans.

According to Mr Oputu, the mandate of the committee required that illegal bunkery sites and refineries in Delta State must be destroyed.

Although the preliminary investigation had already begun to unravel sponsors of the activity, he explained that an attempt to carry out the mandate eventually led to arguments and exchange of gunshots. He said that the suspects handed over to the police would be prosecuted.

While the suspects denied owning the refinery and accused the committee of requesting for a one million Naira bribe, the Head of Operations, Alfred Kperegbeyi, refuted the claims.

The group assured the people of Delta State and Nigerians that they would not rest until the state was rid of illegal bunkering activities.

They also asked the residents to provide timely information that could lead to the arrest of oil thieves and pipeline vandals.

Vandals Kill Seven DSS Operatives In Ikorodu

DSSSecurity sources say that seven operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS have been killed in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State, Nigeria’s south-west region.

A top security source who would not want to be named says that the operatives were killed in the Ishawo road area of Ikorodu on Wednesday during an encounter with suspected pipeline vandals at about 7pm .

The incident is the second of such attacks within two week by vandals on security operatives in the area.

On August 30, four policemen from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and Owutu Police Division were attacked. Three of the policemen died while the last one was injured.

A motorcycle rider, Ganiyu Bamidele, said, “The vandals usually emerged from Igbo Olomu road or Ishawo road; and when they do, they are always many; and their guns are sophisticated.”