The Joint Task Force (JTF) operating in the Niger Delta has said it was winning the fight against oil theft, pipeline vandalism and kidnapping among other crimes in the region.
Maj.-Gen. Modibbo Alkali, the outgoing Commander of the 34 Artillery Brigade, Owerri, said this at the sideline of the inauguration of a four-classroom block and ICT centre in Elele, Rivers.
The project embarked upon and completed by the Commanding Officer of the 343 Artillery Regiment, Elele Cantonment, in Rivers aimed to reduce classroom deficit at the barracks.
“We have reduced kidnapping, armed robbery, oil theft and pipeline vandalism to the barest minimum.
Alkali commended the classroom project and synergy that existed among the various security agencies in their bid to end illegal oil bunkering activities in the Niger Delta.
The Commanding Officer of the 343 Artillery Regiment, Elele, Lt.-Col. MurkhtarAdamu, said the formation had reduced spate of attacks on pipelines belonging to Agip and Shell Petroleum Development Company.
Adamu said that JTF troops destroyed several illegal refineries, badges, vessels and discovered several illegal pipeline puncture-points, stressing it had contributed to improvement in oil production.