Oil Theft: JTF commander pleads for more gunboats

The gunboats are needed to combat oil theft.


The military Joint Task Force commander in Bayelsa, Emmanuel Atewe, a major-general, on Saturday appealed to the Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah, a lieutenant-general, to provide the command with more gunboats.

Mr. Atewe made the appeal when the wife of the COAS, Felly Minimah, visited Yenagoa, saying it had become necessary to further equip Operation Pulo Shield in the fight against oil theft.

Mr. Minimah, who is the President of Army Officers’ Wives Association, was in Yenagoa as part of her tour of military formations across the country.
The tour was for her to commiserate with widows of soldiers who died in the line of duty.

The JTF commander, however, said the challenges in the waterways had reduced through the efforts of his administration of the command.

He said Operation Pulo Shield was set up to combat oil theft and illegal bunkering and refining of crude oil in the creeks of Niger Delta.

He said it was regrettable that the environment in the area was being damaged through the activities of oil thieves and pipeline vandals.

Mr. Atewe lauded the NAOWA president for her visit and her association’s philanthropic gesture of visiting different barracks in the country.

Responding, Mrs. Minimah commended officers and men of JTF in Bayelsa for their dedication toward keeping peace and stability in the state.

Mrs. Minimah also applauded the Bayelsa Government for its assistance to the JTF command and the military in the fight against crime.



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  • redeem

    if its because of the Niger delta oil that the armed forces yearn for more gun boats to kill niger deltans-less the call for resource control–go to the north and fight boko haram–bunkering is being undertaken by the retired fulani generals not people from the SS–stop fooling us.–late yaradua spent over 45b to buy weapons to kill ijaws in the creekas–where are the weapons–which included gun boats-thieves