The Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta has tightened security around the Agip Oil’s Well 9 facility in Ogbuinbiri community, Southern Ijaw local government area in Bayelsa.
It would be recalled that a gas explosion from the facility had forced residents of the community to flee the area while the oil firm reportedly evacuated its workforce to a safe location.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who visited the community on Wednesday reports that an additional detachment of armed security men were deployed to the area shortly after the leakage was blocked.
Meanwhile, the patrol of the Amasoma-Lobia waterway has been intensified with several gunboats seen on the water channel leading to the oil facility.
Several marine checkpoints were also established with military tug boats and vessels being used for the ‘Stop and Search’ operations in the waterways near the oil rig.