Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, codenamed Operation PULO SHIELD, has vowed to crack down on pipeline vandals and economic saboteurs in the region and warned suspected perpetrators to steer clear of oil installations.
The command which is saddled with the mandate of protecting gas and oil pipelines and preventing other oil related crimes also warned groups masquerading as militants or criminal outfits of arrested
Spokesman of Operation Polu Shield and it’s media Joint coordinator, Col Isa Ado stated this while reacting to alleged attacks by a group, the Niger Delta Avengers, which reported attacked a Shell Under water pipeline at Egwa in Delta state last February.
He called on the group to have a re-think and desist from doing anything that will make them cross the path of Operation PULO SHIELD even as he warned other criminals operating in the region to be ready to face the consequences of their action, as the Joint Force is ready to flush them out of the region
Col Ado said the Force had carried out aggressive patrols and surveillances within the waterways and the creeks which had led to the arrest of suspects, arms and ammunition, illegal oil bunkering vessels and barges which are at various stages of prosecution in Nigerian courts of competent jurisdiction.
The Command calls on opinion and community leaders to advise their subjects especially the youths on the dangers of engaging in any act capable of undermining the Security and Economy of the Country.
JTF further appealed to the youths to engage themselves meaningfully to help themselves and the society and avoid any act capable of ruining their future.
The Command said it is determined to wipe out all acts of illegalities in the region and appeal to communities heads to partner with them with useful information that will aid the Joint Force in its operations.