Navy arrests notorious pipeline vandal in Delta

•    We usually destroy pipeline so that boys can get contract – Suspect

AS part of the ongoing efforts to curtail crude oil theft and illegal bunkering activities in the nation’s maritime domain, the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS), Warri Naval Base, in collaboration with the Operation Delta Safe (ODS) has arrested a notorious pipeline vandal in Delta.

The suspect, Abraham Suru aka Gabon, is also a leader of a notorious gang, which has been involved in pipeline vandalism in the state since 2011.

Suru, suspected to be a member of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) from Ondo State was apprehended on Tuesday within General area of Sapele in Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State.

Commander NNS Delta, Commodore Zik  Dzunve, while parading the suspect on Thursday before journalists, said the Nigerian Navy was not relenting in getting rid of criminals in its maritime domain.

“The Nigerian Navy and NNS Delta in particular are not relenting in the fight against crude oil theft, and other illegal activities in the maritime domain.

“The Navy remains committed in apprehending those behind all forms of criminal activities in its area of operation.

Commodore Dzunve, however, assured the general public to go on with their normal business, noting that the Navy is resolute in curbing criminal activities in its maritime domain to encourage legitimate trades.

Meanwhile, the arrested suspect Suru, who was masked while being paraded, in his confession in pidgin, said he was introduced into the job by his late boss, one “General” Campa Polo from Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.

He said his boss, however, died in a motor accident earlier 2016.

According to him, “na late Campa Polo introduce me inside the business I dey stay Delta State since 2001, he teach me how to shoot grenade.

“He say the community Opia where he come from get oil but government nor recognise the youths for the place for Warri north.

“Na me and Campa Polo dey bomb for Dibi company so that the company go give work for youths since 2011.

“Since he died this year, I never go any operation but I dey work with General Felix Tony with Stanley (who were also nabbed by the Navy recently in Sapele) bribe me to work for them because them know wetin me and Campa Polo don do before.”