Troops of the Nigerian Army 343 Artillery Regiment of 2 Brigade, 82 Division have foiled an attack on oil pipelines by armed militants in Gulobokri and Eweleso, around Brass area in Bayelsa State.
According to the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, “Today, 29th May 2016 in the early hours of morning, troops of 343 Artillery Regiment of 2 Brigade, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, carried out patrol within the general area of Gulobokri and Eweleso, around Brass area in Bayelsa State.
“During the exercise, the patrol team had an encounter with some armed militants in 2 Speed boats with intents to blow up Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) pipeline at Gulobokri”.
The suspected vandals opened fire on the patrol team. The troops responded with overwhelming superior firepower and as a result, the suspected criminals sped off from the area with many of them sustaining gunshot wounds,” he explained.
Colonel Usman, who said there was no casualty among the patrol team, added that a personnel of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to the team sustained gunshot wound. “He has since been evacuated and he is in a stable condition”.
In a related development, another patrol team of the same unit of 82 Division Nigerian Army, on patrol to Perigbene House Boat (HB) also encountered 3 Speed boats suspected to be containing militants about to attack another critical infrastructure in the area.
“The troops opened fire on them, killing most of them and injuring others. However, the casualty on militants cannot be ascertained as it was raining heavily and the raging storm could not allow troops to go on pursuit of the escaping criminals”.
The Army Spokesman disclosed that a mop up operation has been organised for the escaped militants with gunshot wounds and injuries as they may be receiving treatment in the neighbouring communities.
“With this development, troops would continue to intensify patrol in the general area to avert further vandalisation or attacks in the area,” Colonel Usman stated.