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Yenagoa, March 30, 2013 (NAN) The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, has arrested a sea going vessel with 12 crew members along the Akassa Water Ways in Bayelsa.
In a statement in Yenagoa on Saturday Lt. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, Media Coordinator of Operation Pulo Shield, said the vessel was arrested during its anti-oil theft and pipeline vandalism operations.
Nwachukwu said that the operation took place between March 19 and March 29.
He said that the arrested vessel, MV Buyus with fake clearance documents, was secured at the Nigerian Navy Dock Yard in Brass Local Government of Bayelsa.
The suspects, according to the statement have been handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agencies for further investigation and subsequent prosecution.
It added that a fishing trawler christened Bolajoko with five crew members on board was also impounded by troops of the JTF at the NPA Jetty, Bonny in Rivers.
It said that the fishing trawler was impounded, while trans-loading suspected stolen crude into large plastic tanks and drums with the aid of water pumping machines.
The statement said that the suspects were currently undergoing preliminary investigations at the JTF Sector 2 Headquarters in Port Harcourt.
``Arrested alongside the vessel were 55 assorted boats conveying stolen petroleum product, along Otumara and Araton general area of Warri South Local Government Area of Delta.
``During the operation, five camps, where stolen crude oil was being refined illegally, were discovered and destroyed in Akassa, Sangana, Igbematoru and Ogbia creeks of Bayelsa.
``Also, 59 assorted open boats, 451 drums, 12 illegal oil refinery camps, 88 plastic tanks, six outboard engines and 18 pumping machines were seized.
``They were seized along Elume in Warri North, Escravos , Saghara Creeks in Warri South and Benneth Island in Delta,'' Nwachukwu said.
He said that the land patrol squads of the JTF had also intercepted four tanker trucks conveying suspected stolen petroleum products along Enugu–Port Harcourt Express Road.
The drivers and tanker trucks were arrested when they failed to produce documents certifying them for lifting of the product.
They have been handed over to the Imo Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for prosecution.
The JTF, however, urged oil firms operating in the Niger Delta region to collaborate and evacuate the reservoirs used by the oil thieves to deter the oil thieves from returning to the illicit trade.
``This call was necessitated, following the finding that most of the illegal oil refinery camps discovered during the operation had earlier been scuttled by JTF troops.
``But were later resuscitated as the reservoirs were not evacuated from the crime scene,” it said.
NAN recalls that Shell Petroleum Development Company had threatened to shut its Nembe Trunk line because of rising incidents of oil theft through its pipeline network in Bayelsa.
Mr Mutiu Sumonu, the Managing Director of SPDC, on March 4, urged the JTF to step up its activities to reduce oil theft, currently standing at about 60,000 barrels daily. (NAN)
Northern Traditional Rulers’ Council (NTRC) has appealed to federal government to reconsider its stand and grant amnesty to insurgents who embraced peace, reformation and reintegration.
The appeal is contained a communique issued at the end of the council’s meeting in Sokoto on Friday.
According to the monarchs , ``this is the norm the world over and there exists a precedent in Nigeria’’ .
``The unfortunate escalation of the insecurity in the country calls for decisive action by the government in order to contain it.
`` The meeting also called on the Federal Government to consider dialogue as the better option in resolving the crises."
The meeting also noted that the insurgency was not targeted at non-Muslims as majority of the victims were Muslims.
`` Attempts on the lives of their Royal Highnesses , the Shehu of Borno , the Emir of Kano and the Emir of Fika and the killing of a number of Muslim scholars are testimonies to this fact .
``The meeting noted with deep concern that the majority of the victims of the various crises are the ordinary citizens."
Similarly ,the traditional rulers noted with concern the deteriorating rate of unemployment and its tendency to provide militants a potent source of recruits .
They called on all governments to take necessary, positive and tangible steps to create jobs as well as fight poverty in all its ramifications .
``As part of the strategies to fight poverty in addressing the current and potential security and other challenges, the meeting calls for systematic review of the nation’s education system to make its products more skilful, productive , self-reliant and better prepared for life challenges .
``The meeting calls on Nigerians to engage in fervent prayers for God Almighty to intervene and relieve us of the current problems .
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