The spate of oil pipeline vandalization in the Niger Delta region of the country has suddenly seen an upsurge.
In what is believed to be another case of deliberate destruction of Agip facilities in Rivers State has been reported.
The latest is a gas facility in Akala Olu village, Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State, which was said to have been blown up by men suspected to be cultists.
The reason it was leant is for the arrest and continued detention of a suspect, Emmanuel Odum, a suspected vandal.
In a statement signed by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 2 Brigade in Port Harcourt, Captain Eli Lazarus, said the destruction disrupted production activities of the Nigeria Agip Oil Company.
He said the group threatened to carry out further attacks if their member was not released.
The statement issued in Port Harcourt on Monday stated, “In the early hours of Sunday February 7, 2016, pipeline vandals destroyed a gas facility in Akala Olu village in Oshie community, Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State, thereby disrupting the production activities of Nigeria Agip Oil Company.
“The vandals threatened to carry out further acts of vandalism unless their demands are met. The vandals are suspected members of Icelander cult group.
“The group demanded for the release of a detained suspect; one Mr. Emmanuel Odum currently undergoing interrogation in connection with pipeline vandalism and cult related activities,” the statement from the 2 Brigade read.
the statement, however, warned that that it would not be intimidated by any threat from any quarters, warning that the Nigerian Army will deal with anybody caught vandalising the nation’s pipelines.