Commodore Riami Muhammed said the arrested militant leader operates an illegal refinery comprising of 35 abandoned oil well heads at Okpoko and Obodo creeks in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta state.
Punch reports that the Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta, Commodore Riami Muhammed on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, said “Today, I’m pleased to announce that after several weeks of persistent efforts, the Nigerian navy in collaboration with other security agencies has arrested the main coordinator of the attacks on the NNPC and Chevron oil and gas facilities that we have witnessed since May 4, 2016, with the attack on Chevron Okan Valve platform offshore Escravos.
“You are aware of the recent series of attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta and in Delta State for which some groups/persons have claimed responsibilities. The Nigerian Navy and other security agencies have been doing their best to curtail these attacks.”
The commander also said the arrested militant leader operates an illegal refinery comprising of 35 abandoned oil well heads at Okpoko and Obodo creeks in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta state.
Mohammed also said “It’s important to mention that the suspect is also deeply involved in pipeline vandalism and stealing crude oil. He steals crude oil from about 35 abandoned oil well heads. The Nigerian Navy believes with the arrest of this suspect, the attacks on Chevron/NNPC facilities will abate.”
The Federal Government has ordered the immediate withdrawal of troops from the Niger Delta.
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