The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC has said that the joint task force would intensify attacks on the creeks in the Arepo area of Ogun state and Isawo Ikorodu area of Lagos state, as part of the on-going battle to flush out oil pipeline vandals.
“Operation Awatse” comprising the Nigerian Army, Air force and Navy as well as Department of State Security Service, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and Nigerian Police Force, which began last Thursday, will be sustained till further notice.
Briefing journalists, Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp, Lagos State Command, Mr.Tajudeen Balogun described the operation as well planned, which deserved commendation, particularly from the residents of the affected areas.
Mr Balogun, who said the working synergy, cooperation and cohesion among the security agencies had helped the operation run smoothly, noted that each security agency worked according to their modus operandi.
Speaking on arrests made so far,the NSCDC boss said apart from nineteen persons apprehended by his men last week, no additional figure could be ascertained.
Mr. Balogun also disclosed that arrests were being made on a daily basis.
Referring to the casualties, he explained that the figure could not be given because of the inaccessibility of the area.
“The maritime component of the joint task force is working round the clock while the air and land components are also performing their duties to flush out the vandals and militants.
These operations were carried out based on the survey and the “Alpha Jet” bombardment by the air force fell within the recommendations of the Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance and no innocent citizens were killed in the process.
The agency is evolving a new approach to take the bull by the horn, considering measures on how to go after those who receive the products from the vandals. We are equally appealing to the general public to furnish us with fundamental information on any tankers conveying illegal PMS or Jerry cans”
Mr Balogun maintained that NSCDC would not cease to work with NNPC,DPR and other agencies to put a stop to incessant pipeline vandalism in Nigeria.
He commended the good gesture of the Federal and State governments towards the achievement of the operation.