Nigerian Police Uncover Plots to Attack Oil Facilities

May 15: Nigerian police on Wednesday, stated that they have uncovered plots by some persons to commence massive and coordinated attacks on oil installations across the country.

Force spokesman, Frank Mba, a deputy commissioner of police, said in a statement in Abuja that the attacks would be carried out in the Niger-Delta region and adjoining states. He said the elements were claiming to be climate and environmental activists. ‚ÄúThese plots, which are politically motivated, are aimed at sabotaging oil installations with intended negative consequences on national security, economic development and global oil market,” he said.

Mba said that the acting Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu had ordered commissioners of police nationwide, particularly in designated states, to intensify surveillance missions around oil facilities and other critical national infrastructure. He said that the commissioners and other field commanders had also been directed to put in place proactive measures to neutralise the threats and bring the plotters to book.

Adamu urged citizens to remain vigilant and report all suspicious characters and plots to the law enforcement agents. He reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring adequate security of lives, protection of national assets and the sanctity of citizens political freedom and democracy.

Source: / Aanu Adegun

The plot comes three months after the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) – a militant group responsible for attacks on Nigeria’s oil infrastructure in 2016 – resurfaced in February 2019 to state that they would attack oil facilities if president Buhari was re-elected. ( / Tsvetana Paraskova) Buhari was re-elected at the end of February 2019.

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