The Nigerian Navy June 8th, paraded the suspected mastermind of the recent attacks on NNPC, and Chevron oil and gas installations in Delta State. Parading the suspect before newsmen at the Naval Base in Warri, Delta state, the Commander of Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Delta, Commodore Ramie Mohammed disclosed that the suspect was arrested in connection with the attack on SPDC 48-inch export pipeline onshore Forcados.
Speaking to journalist, Commodore Mohammed said
“The Nigerian Navy, in collaboration with other security agencies, has arrested the main coordinator of attacks on NNPC and Chevron oil and gas facilities we have witnessed since May 4 with the attack on Okan Valve Platform offshore Escravos. This arrest came after several weeks of trailing and arrest of several of his foot soldiers. This suspect is also deeply involved in pipeline vandalism to steal crude oil. He steals crude from about 35 abandoned oil well heads and pipelines in Okpoko and Obodo, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State. Navy believes with his arrest, attacks on Chevron/NNPC oil and gas facilities will abate.”
The Navy commander also paraded one Micheal John, a suspected murderer who partook in the gang killing of a soldier, police officer and a civilian at Batan in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta state on May 29th. Commodore Mohammed explained that the suspects were covered in hoods so as not to compromise ongoing investigations that would lead to the arrest of their accomplices.