JTF, Chevron confirm attack on facility

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Joint Military Task Force (JTF) and Chevron Nig. Ltd. have confirmed an attack on the oil company's facility by an unknown group.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)reports that an unknown group had claimed responsibility for an attack on Chevron oil pipeline on Jan. 8.
The group's action was supported by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), which, however, said its members did not carry out the attack.
A JTF spokesman, Lt. Col. Timothy Antigha, said in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt yesterday, that there was a sabotage of Chevron pipeline in Delta.
''A joint reconnaissance by Chevron Nig. Ltd. and the Joint Task Force (JTF) have confirmed that indeed there was sabotage at Chevron pipeline between Makaraba and Otunana,'' he said.
He said the Delta Police Command and other agencies had commenced investigation to arrest those responsible for the sabotage.
'' In this regard, the JTF wishes to note that this is an isolated incident and therefore advises the media and the general public to ignore any misguided and attention-seeking individual or group clamouring to claim responsibility,'' he said.
Antigha said that investigations had commenced on the unfortunate shooting involving a JTF personnel in Escravos Delta, to unravel the cause of the incident.
'' The soldier will face severe sanctions if found culpable.
''The JTF commends the 3 Delta government and other peace-loving stakeholders who acted promptly to defuse tension over the issue,'' he said.

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