Engage local vigilante to stop pipeline bombing, security expert tells FG
By Jon Egie
The FG has been called upon to engage the services of local vigilante groups to end the activities of the militants operating in the name of Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate.
Mr Abraham Okobe, a security expert and local vigilante operative made the call in an exclusive interview with Spy News.
Mr Okobe said that given the opportunity to serve and with little motivation, the operatives of local vigilante groups, particularly those in Urhobo land will combat, fish out the militants responsible for bombing of pipelines and ultimately bring an end to their menace.
The militants operating in the name of NDGJM have recently caused massive destruction to oil facilities owned by the NPDC in Urhobo land as they carried out series of pipeline bombing in various communities in Ughelli North ans South LGAs.
Mr Okobe frowned at the action of the militants saying, “they are destroying our heritage and source of economic pride and we are very vexed with them”.
He said findings reveal that the modus operandi of the militants in Urhobo land differ from the operational tactics of the Niger Delta Avengers because the network of pipelines in Urhobo land are buried and the militants take time to excavate the top soil before attempting to blow them up.
“That operation takes not less than one hour and if we are engaged, our surveillance team will be able to arrest the situation before harm is done.
He also challenged the NPDC to ensure that the Memorandum of Understanding it signed with host communities of OML 30 is judicious ly met and as well called on the leadership of host communities to be transparent and sincere in the execution of development projects approved by the operating oil companies in their domain so as to discourage the militants from their nefarious activities.
“I believe that the militants who bomb pipelines in Urhobo land are indigenes or co-conspirators to indigenes of the victim communities they bombed and I think that if there is evidence of infrastructure and human capital development in a community, indigenes of such community will rise up to the challenge to secure the oil facilities in their land.
He took a swipe at the Delta State Government’s failure in infrastructure development especially the Afiesere-Ofuoma Road in Ughelli North LGA, which is in a very deplorable state.
According to him, should a distress call be placed across, alerting of militants attempt to bomb a pipeline in Afiesere, it would take the local vigilante and even other federal security agents including the soldiers over an hour to get tp Afiesere because of bad road.
“Uduaghan and Okowa have not improved on the roads Ibori constructed and left while he was the Governor of Delta State”, he lamented.