Bayelsa Community Boils as Militants Set Agip Pipeline Ablaze


Report reaching reveals that there is tension in Igbomotoru Community, Southern Ijaw Council of Bayelsa State, as suspected militants set ablaze a Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) crude oil pipeline at the weekend.

The attack on the pipeline might not be unconnected with the battle to control and influence surveillance contracts being handled by Dalong Security Company.
Following the attack, other crude oil platforms on the Ogboinbiri axis and adjourning communities had been shut down to avoid fire outbreak and damage to the crude oil supply route in the area. learnt that a former militant leader, ‘General’ Endurance, allegedly involved in illegal bunkering, was suspected to be behind that attack.
Endurance is engaged in a battle of supremacy with another former militant leader from neigbouring Peremabiri Community in an attempt to dominate and take over oil pipeline security surveillance job in the area.

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It was also learnt that residents of the community contacted the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) code named Operation Delta Safe and reported the activities of the militants but is yet to respond.
However, it was also learnt that most members of the community are afraid to speak out.
Another community source said the Igbomotoru people have dissociated themselves from the activities of Endurance and his boys, while a JTF source, who confirmed the development, said the Sector 2 Command of the JTF in the state, was investigating the incident.
MEANWHILE, no fewer than 100 youths with juju priests from Ayamakede and Ugamakede communities in Andoni Council of Rivers State, yesterday, blocked the premises of Green Energy International Limited and Lekoil in the GRA area of Port Harcourt, accusing the firms of negligence and insensitivity to their plight.
The youths demanded the reinstatement of two of their chiefs, who were disengaged from surveillance contracts by the company without cogent reasons.
Speaking to newsmen during the protest, their spokesman, Awaji Etemila, said the firms had not employed indigenes of the communities for over five years, adding that the companies promised to provide electricity for them but had failed to fulfill their pledge.
Responding, Assistant Community Relations Manager of Green Energy, Enya Goodluck, appealed to the protesting youths to nominate three persons to negotiate with its management on the issues bothering them.

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