The Nigerian Navy has placed a ban on all movements on waterways after sunset in Delta State. This is to checkmate the recent vandalism of oil and gas pipelines by suspected former militants in Delta creeks.
Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS DELTA), Warri Naval Base, Commodore Raimi Mohammed, gave the hint on Monday in Warri.
The naval boss also announced that boats using engines from 200 horse power or more had been restricted from plying the waterways, adding that enforcement of the bans had commenced in earnest.
Commodore Mohammed warned those behind the renewed bombing of oil and gas pipelines in Warri South West Local Government Area to desist or be ready to face the music when caught.
He informed that his men had been able to contain the activities of the miscreants on oil and gas facilities in parts of Delta creeks.
He added that steps were being taken to ensure safety and security of lives and property in the waterways.
According to the naval commander, a combined force of security services had already pushed back the miscreants to avert further destruction of oil and gas pipelines within the creeks.
“We have been on it trying to make sure that we contain it; at least last night (Saturday night/early Sunday) we had peace and we want to maintain that momentum. No place was blown up last night. We have actually blocked all the places they come out from, which they move through, they can’t come out at night and we hope to keep it that way.
“Those behind these attacks should know that it’s not in the interest of the communities where they are from or in the interest of the nation, they have to be very careful. Anybody caught will face full weight of the law,” Mohammed said.
By Pita Ochai