Sequel to the bombing of oil facilities in the Niger Delta region by suspected militants, the federal government has sent the chief of defence staff, Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, minister of defence, Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) and the minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu to the region to curtail further attacks on oil facilities.
Guardian, citing military authorities reports that the chief of defence staff and the ministers who are expected to arrive today, January 19, will hold a series of meetings with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, security chiefs in the state and the Ijaw community leaders over the security situation in Gbaramatu Kingdom.
There are claims that Niger Delta youths may have returned to militancy with the destruction of pipelines in the region but the presidential amnesty office has denied such claims.
However, security authorities have stepped up security in the region following the attacks, which are believed to have been carried out by Tompolo and his associates.
But Tompolo in a chat with the Nation has condemned the attacks and dissociated himself from such acts of sabotage.
The Nigerian Military has said that it is closing in on militants who allegedly blew-up oil pipelines in the region.
According to The Punch, soldiers combing some communities in the Niger Delta geopolitical zone for vandals arrested two suspected pipeline bombers on Monday, January 18, around Gbasamadu community in Delta state. The suspects who claimed to be fishermen were arrested while allegedly supervising oil exploration in the area.
Meanwhile, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, has condemned the recent attacks on oil and gas facilities and urged the people of the state to cooperate with the security agencies to find those behind the crime.
In a statement made by Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, the governor’s chief press secretary, Okowa called on the security agencies to intensify their surveillance over the oil facilities.
The governor stressed that his administration was ready to support all measures that would restore the confidence of all stakeholders in the oil and gas industry operating in the state.