Nigerian Army closes in on pipeline vandals

Eme Okon, Calabar

Thousands of jerry cans owned by pipeline vandals
The Nigerian Army has re-stated its determination to rid the Niger Delta region of criminal activities and secure oil pipeline installations.
The Commander, 13th Brigade, Nigerian Army, Calabar, Cross River State in Southern Nigeria, Brigadier General, Sani Mohammed made the remark while speaking to newsmen on efforts taken to end oil theft in the area.
Brigadier General Mohammed told journalists that a notorious pipeline vandal in Calabar South Local Government Area was apprehended by troops of the 13th Brigade with products and items used during illegal bunkering.
Mohammed said “Louis Ekwuazi was arrested by troops of the army under Operation Pulo Shield with over seventy drums of two hundred litres of illegally bunkered product suspected to be Automotive Gas and Oil, AGO”.
He also stated “one eighty horsepower engine boat, five pumping machines and another 70 empty 200 litre drums were recovered from the suspect. The items are in the custody of the 13 brigade for further investigations”.
The Brigadier General said that the suspect and all the recovered items would be handed over to the civil police after it concludes preliminary investigations.
He further warned the public to desist from acts capable of undermining the security and economy of the nation.
“It is no longer business as usual for oil thieves. We are determined to protect our economy as a nation and national integrity. So, in line with the directive of the Commander Operation Pulo Shield, Major General Alani Gafar Okunola, we will rid the Niger Delta of criminal activities”, added Mohammed.