Abubakar Abdullahi, spokesman of Operation Delta Safe, says troops have arrested three suspected pipeline vandals in Bayelsa state.
Abduallahi said the suspects detonated dynamites resulting in the breach of an international oil company facility at Tebidaba –Ogboinbiri – Brass pipeline on the outskirt of Imgbiba community of Southern Ijaw local government area of the state.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Abdullahi said Apochi Suleiman, commander Operation Delta Safe, disclosed the arrest at a news conference in Yenagoa.
“Following the incident, troops acted on a tip-off spotted suspected hideout at a fishing camp along Isonogbene where three suspects namely; Mr Ayebemi Dressman, Mr Inimotimi Abule and Mr Epemege Frank were arrested in connection with the vandalism at Peremabiri community of Bayelsa state,” Suleiman, who was represented by Danjuma Abdullahi, was quoted to have said.
Abdullahi said Suleiman also disclosed that troops at Beneside location in Ekeremor local government area of the state also arrested two suspects – Bibowa Anemi and Ngoriduwa Gomogo – for alleged sabotage and theft of wellhead six actuator device, and an oil wellhead tool belonging to one of the International oil companies.
“Their criminal action led to disruption of the operations in the oil company. The wellhead is currently under repairs. He revealed that in another development, troops deployed at Omuku forest in Rivers state acting on a tip-off swiftly responded and engaged some suspected armed kidnappers in a gun duel leading to rescue of the kidnapped victim and death of 2 of the kidnappers. The rescued victim is currently receiving treatment in a medical facility in Port Harcourt,” he said.
“Troops raided a suspected pirate’s hideout at Elema, Rivers state. Although, no arrest was made during the raid, several items were recovered. The items include; 23 rounds of 7.62mm Ball special ammunition, one generating set and 40 Horse Power Suzuki speed boat engine amongst others.”