Defence Headquarters, Abuja, has described pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region as an act of economic sabotage and an unpatriotic act by oil thieves.
DHQ in a statement last night by its spokesman, Brig. Gen. Rave Abubskar, said these attacks were carried out by some criminal elements who were bent on destroying the nation’s strategic assets and would no longer be tolerated.
The statement stressed that the recent attacks on an oil facility in Delta State was a pointer to this direction.
Consequently, the military high command warned these criminal elements to desist from such unwholesome act for the overall benefit of the country, stressing that any individual or group of persons who engage in any act of sabotage to the nation’s strategic assets would face the full weight of the law, as the military and other security agencies would ensure total protection of such facilities wherever they were in line with their constitutional mandate.
Abubskar said: “The security of the strategic assets and any other facilities is a collective responsibility of every patriotic and law abiding citizen, especially the locals close to such valuable infrastructure.
“The DHQ urges all to cooperate with the military and other security agencies and report suspected individuals or groups for prompt action.
“The DHQ will continue to maintain a peaceful environment for economic activities to thrive while requesting law abiding citizens to go about their legitimate businesses.”

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