…As NAF’s air strike destroys insurgents gun trucks near in Borno***
Media reports of militants’ attack on an oil pipeline in Koluama 1, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area is afterall a hoax.
Military and independent Bayelsa community sources actually described the story as “fake news”, debunking certain online media report that a militant group blew up a pipeline within Conoil’s oilfield near the Atlantic coastline in Koluama 1 settlement.
Spokesman of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, Maj. Ibrahim Abdullahi condemned the reports on Sunday in Yenagoa, describing the reports as the handiwork of mischief makers aimed at misinforming the public.
“After exhaustive verifications following enquiries from media practitioners, we found out that no such incident happened.
“We enjoin the media to crosscheck their facts before rushing to the press to avoid publishing falsehood such as this report,” Abdullahi said.
Similarly, a resident of the area, James Dou also debunked the occurrence on phone insisting that Koluama 1 had been peaceful since the New Year with the joint military task force frequently patrolling the waterways.
“I am in Koluama 1 as we speak and there is no report of any attack on Conoil or any oil facility nearby. I did not hear any explosion neither did I hear anyone discuss it,” Dou said.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) highlighted on Sunday that the Air Task Force (ATF) unit of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has destroyed some Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) gun trucks in air strikes conducted near Damasak in Northern Borno.
NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.
“The attacks were executed on Jan. 5, while providing close air support for ground troops at Damasak who were in pursuit of the terrorists who had attempted to breach their location.
“The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Mi-35M Helicopter Gunship engaged the group of terrorists’ gun trucks in successive waves of attacks as they retreated, destroying and immobilising three of them while causing significant damage to others and neutralising several terrorists,” he said.