By Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa
Soldiers attached to the Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe (OPDS), have arrested five suspects in connection with the theft of wellheads and blowing up of assets owned by two oil companies operating in the Niger Delta.
In oil and gas production, a wellhead is a critical part of the structure comprising valves and assorted adapters installed at the top of an oil or gas well to manage the flow of the product and control the pressure of the production well.
The troops said the suspects used dynamite in their operation, resulting in the breach of the oil and gas facility located at Tebidaba–Ogboinbiri–Brass pipeline in the outskirts of Imgbiba community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.
While Ayebemi Dressman, Inimotimi Abule and Epemege Frank were apprehended for blowing up the pipeline, Bibowa Anemi and Ngoriduwa Gomogo were arrested for removing the oil wellheads and using them for illegal bunkering.
Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman, who superintendents over the operations of the special security outfit in the Niger Delta region, during a press conference held at the headquarters Operation Delta in Yenagoa, said his men acted on a tip-off in most of the operations.