National Co-ordinator of Niger Delta Re-orientation project, Mr Sheriff Mulade, and leadership of Gbaramatu Kingdom, warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, have condemned the vandalisation of oil pipeline at Utonana and Macaraba by some angry Ijaw youths in retaliation for the killing of two of their own by soldiers of the Joint Task-Force.
The soldiers had allegedly shot and killed the two Ijaw youths at the Escravos-Gas-To-liquid (EGTL) project site at Escravos, last Monday.
Source in Gbaramatu Kingdom, whose kinsmen were killed by the JTF troop dissociated the area from the attack on the Chevron pipeline on Friday.
According to the source, the youths described the action as criminal and asked the authorities to investigate and bring the masterminds to book.
Although, they described the death of their kinsmen as painful and unacceptable, the community leaders said they had employed civilised and lawful means for redress.
Public Relations Officer of Ugborodo Community Trust, Mr Ayiri Emanu, had advised against blowing up pipelines because of the unfortunate incident, saying that both Itsekiri and Ijaw community leaders were handling the issue at a very high level.