Escravos Pipeline Under Attack by Vandals

It has been revealed that the Special security forces in the niger delta with headquarters in Yenogoa, capital of Bayelsa state code-named Operation Delta Safe OPDS) has successfully prevented more than 313 sabotage attempts on major export pipelines in the Niger Delta region between January and September 2019.

The pipelines are the Trans Niger Delta, Trans Escravos and Trans Ramos lines operated by Shell and Chevron. But for their intervention, the export of Nigerian crude would have suffered serious setbacks.

This was made known by Rear Admiral Akinjide Akinrinade, the Commander of the Joint Military Force JTF which is set up to protect oil installations in the Niger Delta region. He was speaking during the flag-off of Operation safety Check 6, in Alakiri camp in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Speaking at the occasion, Akinrinade said The essence of the operation is to step up the tempo of the in the joint operation area as the year gradually comes to an end. He disclosed that several illegal crude oil refining camps were also destroyed during the operations, a development that has reduced the activities of oil thieves and pipeline vandals under his watch.

The operation is therefore organized to build on the successes recorded so far and improve on operational efforts in order to deny criminal elements the space within the joint task force area.

A Vandalised Pipeline Under Repairs

“It could be recalled that OPDS successfully conducted Safety Checks 1-5 with tremendous achievements. “Safety Check 5 which was conducted from March 19 to Sept 9 resulted in the arrest of about 553 suspects, destructions of 988 illegal refineries and 15 militants’, pirates camps.

Also seized by the military within the period are items used to facilitate economic crimes. These include 22 vessels, 42 barges, 210 outboard motor engines and other types of boats. “additionally, OPDS arrested 56 tanker trucks and 313 other vehicle attempts.

“Statistics available reveals that OPDS averted over 313 infractions on Trans Niger, Trans Ramos and Trans Escravos Pipeline which is 71.6 percent of the total attempts made on the pipelines between January and September 2019,” He said.

“Akinrinade commended the governor of Rivers state as well as the management of Eroton Exploration and Production Limited for their collaborations with OPDS adding that the JTF will continue to leverage on the supports in the fulfillment of OPDS mandate.

He used the opportunity to appeal to people to always involve themselves in legitimate business, and ensure they avoid illegality, which he says does not pay.