JTF foils attack on oil facilities

2010-02-12
THE NATION Newspaper-Shola O'neil


Security has been strengthned around oil facilities in the Niger Delta, after operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) foiled two attempts to sabotage oil installations in Warri, Delta State and Ramos River, Bayelsa State.

A cache of explosives and detonators was recovered from the Olero Creek in Delta State where an armed group was prevented from destroying an oil pipeline on Wednesday night.

JTF confirmed an overnight attempt by armed youths to blow up a section of the strategic Trans Ramos Trunk line of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Bayelsa State.

A similar attempt at Olero, Warri South West Local Government was also thwarted by JTF security operatives on patrol.

Confirming the report, JTF’s spokesperson, Lt.-Col Timothy Antigha, said: "Last night, an attempt to sabotage Shell installation at Trans Ramos line in Bayelsa was averted.

"There was no arrest as suspects absconded on sighting JTF soldiers."

However, Antigha conceded that the effort of the yet-unknown group to destroy the Olero facility of Shell was abruptly abandoned when the company’s community-based surveillance group swooped on them.

Primed dynamite and other explosive devices to be used was also abandoned by the gang , Antigha added that they "had dug and planted the explosives" when the surveillance team arrived.

 

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