The Nigerian Navy, Central Naval Command, has arrested 10 suspects in connection with pipeline vandalism, killing of two soldiers, extortion and possession of illegally refined diesel in Warri, Delta State. Parading the suspects at a press conference late Tuesday, at the NNS DELTA, Warri Naval Base, the Flight Officer Commanding (FOC), Rear Admiral Mohammed Garba and Commander, NNS DELTA, Commodore Raimi Mohammed, said the suspects were arrested in the last seven days.
Five of the suspects, they said, were engaged in pipeline vandalism, one for killing two soldiers on May 10 at Batan, a suburb of Warri, another for extortion and five others for possession of 490MT illegally refined diesel. It will be recalled that two soldiers were reportedly killed by members of the Niger Delta Avengers on May 10, 2016 at Batan Community in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.
Rear Admiral Garba disclosed that the command was not unaware of some criminal gangs being used by some people for selfish motives to sabotage the economy of the country, saying the Navy was on the trail of members of the NDA in its area of responsibility.
The Naval boss further disclosed that the Central Naval Command, during its step-up operations, arrested five vessels, one tug boat, five barges and 72 Cotonou boats illegally conveying 41, 461.2 metric tons (347,444.856 Barrels) of crude oil, 73, 863.04 metric tons of AGO (diesel) and 8. 86 metric tons of DPK (Kerosene).
Meanwhile, Commodore Mohammed has debunked the rumour that a couple was killed by the JTF at Warri Corner Community on Tuesday, noting that his men only carried out a cordon and search operation to apprehend pipeline vandals hiding within the community.
He explained that the pipelines vandals arrested were caught using a heavy duty battery and cable wires to ignite and explode oil well heads to siphon crude oil.