Takwa Bay: Armed Forces Launch Clearance Operation
The Nigerian Armed Forces have launched a clearance operation code-named "Operation Kurombe", which will be conducted by troops of OPERATION AWATSE, a joint military task force against pipeline vandalization and related criminal activities in the state.
This comes in the wake of accusations that the Nigerian Navy and Army forcefully evicted residents of Tarkwa Bay on Thursday.
The Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral, Oladele Daji disclosed this adding that 95% of the occupants of Old Akinbo, Aditu, Phase 2, Virgin Land, Akaraba, Idi Mangoro, Ilado, Abule Glass, Ilashe and other areas along the waterside are foreigners.
He insists that the mandate of OPERATION AWATSE is to curb pipeline vandalism, crude oil, and petroleum product theft and other related criminal activities, adding that these activities impact negatively on the security of Lagos and Ogun waterside.
Correspondent Ijeoma Esek reports that hundreds of well/pits were discovered with PMS, including thousands of empty Jerry cans and canoes at various communities visited on Thursday.
On his part, Director Technical Services, Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Murtala Adekunle-Balogun says residents evicted from Tarkwa Bay and other communities are illegal occupants.
He insists that the state government did not approve any license for any of the occupants living in the communities. According to the Lagos official, anyone with genuine documents is welcomed to come forward and present them.