The Joint Task Force may have arrested the militants who reportedly blew up a pipeline belonging to NAOC on Sunday.
The militants were reportedly apprehended by JTF after youths of the community boxed them into acorner and thereafter invited operatives of JTF.
The pipeline was set ablaze in Ikienghenbiri community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa state, following a clash between rival armed groups over alleged disputed surveillance contract.
Sources reveal that the incident, which occurred at about 2am on Sunday, May 22, caused panic in the riverside community with many residents fleeing their homes to neighbouring communities.
This latest attack on oil facilities, comes on the heels of calls by ex-militants in the Niger Delta under the aegis of Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative (LPCDI), on reneged militant groups in the region to stop attacks on oil and gas pipelines to allow President Muhammadu Buhari fulfill his electoral promises to the region.
The armed youths from Ikienghenbiri community were arrested for allegedly blowing up a major oil pipeline line owned by Agip with dynamites.
The armed men, who attacked the pipeline in the swamp of Azuzuama-Ikienghenbiri axis of the trunk conveying the crude oil from Tebidaba to Brass terminal, were allegedly led by Suoyou, Iyelawei and Fyneboy.
Also on Sunday in a press statement, signed by the spokesperson of thee Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Jomo Gbomo, said after a careful review of political events in Nigeria within the past 12 months; it has resolved to continue to respect the ceasefire declared May 30, 2014 against key economic interests of the Nigerian State.
MEND said: “The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) wishes to condemn and dissociate itself from the recent activities carried out by a group known as the ‘Niger Delta Avengers.
“Their sudden emergence has absolutely nothing to do with the Niger Delta struggle but rather a tool by certain elements to destabilise the current government.
“Going by the group’s actions and subsequent statements, it was apparent who the sponsors of the recent attackers were”, MEND said.