Troops of the Joint Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, say they have arrested some suspected bombers of oil pipelines and installations across the region.
The Commander, OPS, Maj.-Gen. Alani Okunlola, made the revelation in a statement on Thursday issued by the Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, Col. Ado Isa.
Okunlola said the arrested suspects were currently undergoing thorough investigation to ascertain their degree of involvement before being handed over to the relevant prosecuting agencies.
He said the OPS was making frantic efforts to track and arrest hoodlums who were on the run.
The Commander, who did not indicate the number of arrests made, said, “The success of the arrest was due to highly intensified patrols and cordon-and-search operations on the waterways, creeks and communities by the outfit.”
Suspected militants recently attacked and vandalised some oil and gas pipelines across the Niger Delta among which were the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation gas pipeline in Egwa 1, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State and Agip pipelines in Brass LGA of Bayelsa State.