Friday, September 9, 2011

Boko Haram: Security beefed up around oil installations

8 September 2011

Security has been beefed up around oil installations in the Niger Delta region following the spate of bombings in some parts of the country.

It was gathered that the measure was to prevent  members of  Boko Haram from gaining access to the areas to execute their destructive acts.

Security sources disclosed that armed soldiers and undercover security agents were deployed to secure strategic oil installations in the Niger Delta.

“We have instructions to guard against any threat to oil installations in the region by the destructive Boko Haram sect. That is why you will notice the presence of soldiers and other security agents in and around oil facilities in the region,” a source said.

Nigerian Tribune observed on Wednesday the heightened security presence at the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC), Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) and Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) in Warri, Delta State .

Visitors and members of staff of the oil companies were subjected to frisking and those considered not having any business were turned back by soldiers. Vehicles were also thoroughly searched to ensure nobody smuggled any dangerous substance into the vicinity of  the facilities.

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