Five arrested for blowing up oil pipelines in Bayelsa

Police in Bayelsa State have arrested five suspected pipleline vandals in Bayelsa State who allegedly blew up a trunkline carrying crude oil from Omoku to Brass Terminal at Etiama, Nembe Local Government Area of the state.

The suspects were said to have also blown up a crude delivery pipeline at Obama Tekere River, which supplies crude oil to Brass terminal, with an improvised explosive device (IED) on August 11, a few weeks after the previous attack.

Police spokesman in Bayelsa State, SP Asinim Butswat, told newsmen on Tuesday that all the suspects had confessed to their involvement in the recent attack on a crude oil delivery pipeline at Obama Tekere River and a trunkline at Etiama.

He said the suspects would be arraigned at the conclusion of the investigation.

He said, “In recent times, the Bayelsa State Police Command was confronted with reported cases of pipeline vandalism, sea piracy and illegal oil bunkering activities. These crimes have negatively impacted our environment, most especially the marine life and the economy of the country at large.

“Recall that on 30th July, 2022 at 0200 hours, pipeline vandals blew up a trunkline carrying crude oil from Omoku to Brass Terminal at Etiama, Nembe Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.

“In a related attacke on 11 August, 2022, at about 0100 hours, the same vandals with the aid of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blew up a crude oil delivery pipeline at Obama Tekere River. This line also supplies crude oil to Brass Terminal.

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