Hon. Emmanuel Loman
• As JTF scores major success against oil thieves in Niger Delta
By Seriki Adinoyi in Jos and Senator Iroegbu
The management committee chairman of Barkin Ladi Local Government Council of Plateau State, Hon. Emmanuel Loman, Saturday commended the personnel of the Special Task Force (STF) on Jos crisis, saying “were it not for their constant patrol around the villages in the area, there would have been another bloody night Saturday.”
This came as the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Niger-Delta, ‘Operation Pulo Shield,’ said it had scored major success in the fight against crude oil theft in a series of anti oil theft and pipeline vandalism operations between March 19 and 29 .
Loman, while giving an update on the renewed killings in his Local Government by attacker suspected to be hired Fulani militias, said “the STF personnel saved another round of bloody killings because of their constant patrol of the area.”
He added that if the STF could sustain the tempo, the militia activities would be put under check.
Loman commended the STF personnel over the patrol, noting that the council will support them in their bid to rid the area of militias. He also called on the residents of Barkin Ladi to be more security conscious and law abiding.
Barkin Ladi became a black spot of recent, hundreds of lives lost to series of attacks by terrorists, the last being the killing of nine in Ratas village in Fan district of the local government on Friday night.
Meanwhile, the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Niger-Delta, ‘Operation Pulo Shield’ said it had scored major success in the anti oil theft campaign . It said in a series of anti oil theft and pipeline vandalism operations between March 19 and 29, it arrested a vessel with 12 crew members for flaunting fake documents along the Akassa water ways in Bayelsa State.
Disclosing this yesterday in a statement was the JTF Operation Pulo Shield Media Coordinator, Lt-Col Onyema Nwachukwu.
Nwachukwu said the vessel christened MV Buyus was impounded while flaunting fake clearance documents, and is currently secured at the Nigerian Navy Dock Yard in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
He also revealed that the suspects had been handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agencies for further investigation and subsequent prosecution.
The JTF spokesman also said a fishing trawler christened Bolajoko with five crew members on board was also impounded by the security agents at the NPA Jetty, Bonny in Rivers State, while trans-loading illegally cooked Automated Gas Oil (AGO) into large plastic tanks and drums with the aid of water pumping machines.
“The suspects are currently undergoing preliminary investigations at the JTF Sector 2 Headquarters in Port Harcourt.”
“Arrested alongside the vessel were 55 assorted boats conveying stolen petroleum product, along Otumara and Araton general area of Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
“ During the raid operation, five camps where stolen crude oil was being distilled illegally were discovered and scuttled in Akassa, Sangana, Igbematoru and Ogbia creeks of Bayelsa State”, he added.
Nwachukwu also said 59 assorted open boats, 451 drums , 12 illegal oil distillery camps, 88 plastic tanks, six outboard engines and 18 pumping machines were scuttled along Elume in Warri North, Escravos , Saghara creeks in Warri South and Benneth Island in Delta State.
He further disclosed that the land patrol squads of the JTF intercepted four tanker trucks conveying stolen petroleum products along Enugu – Port Harcourt Express Road.
“The drivers and tanker trucks were arrested when they failed to produce documents certifying them for lifting of the product. They have been handed over to the Imo state Nigeria security and civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for prosecution”, he said.
In another development, he said that troops of 130 Battalion of the JTF led by its Commanding Officer, Lt-Col Caius Baushe, in response to over fly reports received from Shell Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC) on March 28 scuttled eight crude oil illegal distilling camps, six crude oil laden open wooden boats and pumping machines used for oil theft in Bille area of Rivers State.