The joint military task force ‘Operation Pulo Shield’ deployed to protect oil infrastructure in the Niger Delta on Friday restated its commitment to wage war on vandals and economic saboteurs operating in the region.
A statement signed by its spokesman, Col Isa Ado, said that the military force was adequately positioned to deal with the threat by some militants to resume attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta. It added that the force would ensure the arrest of perpetrators of such vandalism and their accomplices for prosecution.
“Anybody or group masquerading as militants are criminals and will be resisted and crushed in line with the mandate of the joint force in the Niger Delta.
“The federal government granted amnesty to repentant agitators and the grant automatically ends militancy and agitation in the region. Any group or persons by whatever guise will be treated like common criminals.
“The force had carried out aggressive patrols and surveillances within the waterways and the creeks which led to the arrest of suspects, arms and ammunition, illegal oil bunkering vessels and barges.
“Those arrested are at various stages of prosecution in courts of competent jurisdiction,” the statement said.
Col. Ado advised the vandals threatening attacks to have a re-think and desist from crossing the path of Operation Pulo Shield or be ready to face the consequences of their action.
“The command is calling on community leaders to advise their subjects, especially youths on the dangers of engaging in any act capable of undermining the security and economy of the country.
“Youths should engage themselves meaningfully to help themselves and the society and avoid any act capable of ruining their future,” he added.
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