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Manhunt for oil vandals underway



Olanrewaju Oyedeji

A fierce man-hunt is presently underway in Nigeria’s Niger-Delta region for vandals that reportedly blew up some of the nation’s oil and gas installations at the weekend.

As uncovered by The Difference, The Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, is closing in on suspected Niger dekta militants who on Friday blew up oil pipeline and other facilities belonging to some oil companies and the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC).

Commander of Operation Pulo Shield, Major-General Alani Okunola, disclosed this while inspecting the site of the pipeline explosion in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State. He described the attack as economic sabotage which the military and nation would not tolerate.

Gen. Okunola’s visit to the site was preparatory to that of the Minister of Defence, Brigadier-General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd.), who has since arrived Warri for an on-the-spot assessment of the affected oil facilities.

On arrival at the Osubi Airport in Warri, the entourage of the defecne minister moved promptly to the 3 Battalion, Nigerian Army barracks, for the guard of honour and a brief interaction with troops.

On hand to receive the Minister was a heavy military detachment that included the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin; Major General Okunola; Brigade Sector 1 Commander, Brigadier General Fanola Yahaya; Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command and Rear Admiral A.O. Sulaiman. On the civilian side, Secretary to the Delta State Government, Ovie Agas, led the team representing Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the Delta State Government.


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