The military on Sunday vowed to fish out the militants responsible for bombing of oil and gas pipelines in Warri Southwest Local Government Area of Delta State.
The military had also deployed a team of soldiers, naval officers and other security operatives to the creeks to curtail the situation while searching for the fleeing militants.
The commander of Operation Pulo Shield, Maj.-Gen. Alani Gafar Okunlola, who led his team on inspection of the bombed pipelines, said: “We are going to fish out those responsible… for this sabotage of our critical national assets”. For the fourth day running, the militants, who regrouped in some oil-producing states, especially in Delta State, have launched persistent attacks on pipelines belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and the Nigeria Gas Company, NGC.
The JTF warned that it would hold community leaders where oil and gas facilities were sabotaged responsible for such acts.
He described the resurgence of militant activities in the region as unacceptable and promised to bring those behind the attacks to book.
He said: “The pipeline was blown up three days ago. We are going to fish out those responsible. It is a national sabotage of our critical asset. There is no way we can fold our arms and allow the perpetrators to get away with it.”
According to him, the attacks were not only criminal but capable of undermining national security.
The commander called on both the state government and community leaders to assist security agencies flush out the criminals from the region.
Gen. Okunlola warned those behind it to desist from further attacks on oil and gas facilities or be ready to face the consequences.
Meanwhile, residents in some of the affected communities confirmed the deployment of soldiers and gunboats everywhere.
Among the facilities blown up by the militants are the main crude line from Makaraba through Otunana and Abiteye to Escravos and the Olero to Escravos gas line.
The militants blew up major crude oil and gas pipelines belonging to the Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, and Tank Farm in Warri Southwest of the state.
The first attack occurred on last Thursday when the militants reportedly bombed the Escravos-Warri-Abuja-Lagos pipelines. Some Itsekiri living in the affected area raised the alarm, warning that the situation, if not checked, could lead to another Ijaw-Itsekiri crisis.


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