Abuja - Clashes between the Nigerian military and militants from the Niger Delta are expected as soldiers have been deployed to monitor oil pipelines across the country, Punch reports.
Jointly undertaken by officials of the Army, the Air Force and the Navy, among others, the operation seeks to re-secure the country's pipelines and end the scourge of pipeline vandalism.
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Pipeline bombings resumed in the Niger Delta following the arrest of Government Ekpemupolo, commonly known as Tompolo, for his failure to appear in court over fraud charges.
Tompolo has since denied the allegation, saying that efforts should be focused on pipeline vandals within the Bayelsa and Delta State branches of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Army officials have confirmed the operation, saying that waterways, creeks and pipelines were being monitored countrywide to ensure security of mineral resources.
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