The Nigerian military says it has successfully averted two separate planned attacks by the resurgent militants at oil pipelines in parts of the Niger Delta, ThisDay reports.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman said that the troops of 343 Artillery Regiment of 2 Brigade, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, in the early hours of Sunday morning carried out a patrol exercise within the general area of Gulobokri and Eweleso, around Brass area in Bayelsa State and had an encounter with some armed militants with the intent of blowing up a Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) pipeline at Gulobokri. He said that the suspected vandals were however overwhelmed by the patrol team and they escaped.
In a related development, Usman said that another patrol team of the same unit of 82 Division Nigerian Army on patrol to Perigbene House Boat (HB) also encountered three speed boats suspected to be containing militants about to attack another critical infrastructure in the area. He said that the troops opened fire on them, killing most of them and injuring others.