Yenagoa -The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta in Yenagoa
dissociated itself from a newspaper advertorial on purported sales of petroleum
A newspaper advert in two national dailies on January 28 and 31, offered for
sale, refined petroleum products at the JTF’s headquarters in Yenagoa.
Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, spokesman for the task force, told News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN that the advert was fictitious and misleading.
“Joint Task Force Operation PULO SHIELD wishes to categorically inform the
public that the Task Force is not connected to such advertorial.
“The JTF, hereby issues a disclaimer that the advert is false and a figment
of imagination of the publishers of the material, aimed at duping the public.
“The JTF hereby warns that the general public should disregard such
obnoxious advert placed by fraudulent syndicates.
“The Commander JTF Operation PULO SHIELD, Major General Iliyasu Abbah,
hereby reassures Nigerians that the Task Force would continue to uphold its
mandate of curbing illegal oil bunkering and crude oil theft.
“We are also committed to fighting pipeline vandalism and other acts of
criminality that debilitate socio-economic life of Nigerians.
“The JTF Operation PULO SHIELD will continue to maintain zero tolerance for
illegalities in the Niger Delta Area,” Nwachukwu said.
He told NAN that investigations were underway to unmask the sponsors of the advertisement.