The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command ( WNC) on Tuesday through OPERATIONS AWATSE and KUROMBE raided the Atlas Cove and warned those involved in pipeline vandalism to stop it.
“The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, directed OPERATION AWATSE
which is an internal security operation covering Lagos State “>Lagos State and parts of Ogun specifically to combat the scourge.”
Daji said that the CDS directed the command to stop pipeline vandalism and oil thefts within the two states.
He also said that the WNC should end other criminalities such as kidnappings and cultism,adding that personnel from the command had been on the execise for more than a week.
The FOC alongside Maj.-Gen. Olubunmi Irefin, the General Officer Commanding (GOC)), 81Division of the Nigeria Army, led their officers to storm Atlas Cove.
The senior officers were at the scene for an on-the-spot assessment.
“We are here for an on-the-spot-assessment with the GOC of 81 Division and AOC of Logistics Command.
“So that we will be able to give the CDS a feedback on what we had seen and done so far, ” Daji said.
He said that the Operation had recovered over 300,000 empty jerrycans and not less than 30,000 jerrycans filled with stolen petroleum products.
Daji said that there was no hiding place for them.
“OPERATION KUROMBE’”>OPERATION KUROMBE’ is the code name for the operation, it is a very strong message and signal for those that are backing the vandals to desist from it because they have no hiding place any longer.
“The masqueraders have been unmasked, we are going to stop them from getting it from the source and deny them the capacity to even move or transport this product to end buyers.
“So, the end buyers will be of no consequences if the products are not available, ” he said.
“There is a new resolve and has been backed up by an order from Gen. Olonisakin to ensure that every illegal structure, every illegal settlement that is causing encumbrance to fuel distribution is removed and we are undaunting.
“And we will go the whole hoax and make sure that the political will backing that we have received is actualised, ” he said.
He also said that a Nigerien was arrested during the operation, saying that his matter was being investigated.
“We are liaising with the NIS because just as we were coming, we accosted and arrested a Nigerien and is being processed.
“He will be handed over to the Immigration Service.
“We carried them along at the launch of the Operation, specially during the coordinating conference on Dec.4, alongside the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)).
“We are all together to ensure that these pipelines are protected and sanitised, ” he said.
Also, during the raid, devices which included fabricated pipes and multiple hoses connected to the NNPC pipelines to illegally siphon petrol were discovered in 68 points and were subsequently dismantled.
Edited by: Peter Dada
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