Nigeria: Troops Thwart Attack On Agip Facility in Bayelsa As Ijaw Youths Demand Release of Kinsmen

Yenagoa — Troops attached to the Joint Military Force, the outfit deployed to protect oil installations in the Niger Delta, said yesterday that they outwitted suspected militants who attempted to attack an Agip oilfield in Okpoma, Bayelsa State.

Also yesterday, Ijaw youths demanded the immediate release of their kinsmen apprehended by the military who are currently carrying out an operation to fish out militants, sea pirates and pipeline vandals in the Niger Delta region.

On the foiled attack on Agip’s oilfield in Okpoma, Bayelsa State, the Joint Military Force conducted several operations codenamed, Pulo Shield, which also led to the arrest of 19 suspected vandals in May and June 2016.

According to the JTF, headquartered in Yenagoa, while on patrol along Brass waterways of Bayelsa, the soldiers discovered that the suspected vandals had dug and planted dynamites beneath the pipeline location in a swamp.

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