Joint Task Force vows to arrest pipeline vandals in Niger Delta

Major General Alani Gafar Okunlola

The Joint Task Force, JTF, in Nigeria, has vowed to arrest those who attacked strategic oil and gas pipelines in Delta State, last week.

The Commander of the JTF, Major General Alani Gafar Okunlola, who led other military officers and men to some of the sites of the destruction, said the government would hold leaders of the communities where acts of sabotage took place responsible.

Speaking at the site of the destroyed Egwa 1 in Warri South-West council area of Delta State, Okunlola described the recent resurgence of militant activities as unacceptable, vowing that those behind it would be brought to book.

According to him, Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, were used to bomb pipelines owned by the Nigerian Gas Company, NGC, and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

 “We are going to fish out those responsible. It is a national sabotage of critical asset. There is no way we can fold our hands and allow the perpetrators to get away with it,” the JTF Commander explained.

In the meantime, Director, Nigeria’s Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, said that the military had deployed enough troops to the troubled areas and also started to search for those responsible for the attacks on the strategic assets of the nation.

Niger Delta militants had on Thursday last week attacked the Escravos–Warri–Abuja–Lagos pipelines.