The Nigeria Police Force said it has uncovered specific plots by some subversive elements masquerading as climate and environmental activists to commence massive and coordinated attacks on oil installations across the country, especially in the Niger Delta region and adjoining States.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Mba said the plots were politically motivated, adding that they are aimed at sabotaging oil installations with intended negative consequences on national security, economic development and global oil market.
He said owing to this development, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered Commissioners of Police nationwide, particularly in the areas likely to be affected, to intensify their surveillance missions around oil facilities and other critical national infrastructure.
Mba said the Commissioners of Police and other field Commanders have also been directed to put in place proactive measures aimed at neutralising the threats and bringing the plotters to book.
He added: “The IGP warned of dire consequences for persons or group of persons who may want to resort to the use of violence or threat of violence in advancing their political or economic goals.”
While urging citizens to remain vigilant, report all suspicious characters and plots to the law enforcement agents, Adamu reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring the adequate security of lives, protection of national assets and sanctity of the country’s political freedom and democracy.