The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) – Bayelsa State Command confirmed the arrest of the suspected bomber of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) pipeline located in the Olugboboro community of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area (LGA) on Wednesday.
According to the NSCDC, the arrested bomber is one of the suspected criminals that planted dynamite that killed three oil workers on Easter Sunday.
The Commandant of the NSCDC, Desmond Agu, said the dynamite exploded shortly after workers finished their repair work and were preparing to leave the facility.
Mr. Agu identified the arrested suspect as Seimghale Perekeyi. He was accompanied by Emekoko Taribo, Pani Bulogbo, James Komo and Samuel Joyce, according to Mr. Agu. The aforementioned suspects are still at large.
“The NSCDC has arrested a suspected vandal by the name of Seimghale Perekeyi. This vandal, along with others, attacked the Agip pipeline in Olugboboro, Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa State on March 26, 2016 at about 1830 hours,” the Commandant reported.
He added, “The anti-vandalism unit of the Command trailed and arrested him. The other vandals are still at large, but our men are trailing them. Agip had contracted the repairs to a servicing company to remediate and clamp the vandalized points.”
Mr. Agu said Mr. Perekeyi would be tried and prosecuted in accordance with the law, while NSCDC operatives continue to search for the other vandals.
The Commandant also announced the arrest of ex-militant leader General Yeri, who had been wanted for vandalizing Agip facilities in Perigbene in Southern Ijaw LGA.
Mr. Agu further stated that the NSCDC had destroyed more than 400 illegal oil refineries in Bayelsa State.