Fire for Fire: FG to deploy war tested soldiers to face Niger Delta Avengers

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– Federal Government might deploy some war-tested soldiers from the North-East to the Niger Delta to curb activities of the militants

– The soldiers will be part of the newly formed Operation Delta Safe 

– FG will soon publicise its official position as regards the conditions set out by the militant group

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Militants in the oil rich Niger-Delta region

As the activities of militants in Niger Delta region of Nigeria continues, the Federal Government might deploy some war-tested soldiers from the North-East to the Niger Delta to curb activities of the militants, Punch is reporting.

According to the report, the soldiers will be part of the newly formed Operation Delta Safe with its operational headquarters in Yenagoa and designed to have three sectors and five operational bases to cover the entire Niger Delta.

The acting director, defence information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said the military authorities would ensure effective equipment for the new task force to enable it to achieve the purpose for which it was established.

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“The overhauling was meant to ensure pro-activeness of the new outfit. We will, as much as possible, continue to inject new system, new equipment and new prescriptions to ensure that what happened before will not happen now.

“And so, the Defence Headquarters came up with the reorganisation, and it meant well for the country and it meant well for the industries there. So we are doing all these things to ensure that we do our best, with the best arsenal, with the best equipment, so that we can handle the security threat.

“But injecting new men or injecting more men is not the issue. The most important is that the reorganisation has been done and it is for the goodness of country, for the good of that general area.

“And we will do everything to secure all necessary spots, human, equipment and what have you to ensure that it performs optimally,”  he said.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government will soon publicise its official position as regards the conditions set out by the militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, for peace talks on the ongoing security threat in the Niger Delta region.

“Any official position from the government will be issued very soon on this development, but I cannot tell when precisely. It is going to come from the government. This thing is a very delicate issue and it is not something that one will just make or issue a statement about because it concerns all of us.

“So it is not just a petroleum ministry or NNPC issue. It is something that affects us all and so the government is working on the matter,” the spokesperson for the NNPC, Mr. Garba-Deen Mohammed, told one of our correspondents on Sunday in Abuja.

The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has said dialogue remains the only solution to the crisis in the Niger Delta region.

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“We are all concerned about the development; all the leaders there are concerned about the recent tough surge of insurgency. We are collaborating on the way forward.

“Those of us, who are governors in our states, are working hard with traditional leaders and opinion leaders and security agencies and also collaborating with other private and corporate bodies to ensure that we put it under control.

“The way forward is not war, war. It is jaw-jaw. The way forward is peace and dialogue, it is consensus building and that is quite what some of us are in support of.

 “We are not in support of violence; we are not in support brigandage. We are not in support of destruction of strategic national assets and killings. We know there is an issue and this issue can only be addressed when all stakeholders work together for unity, peace, prosperity and stability and progress of our country,” he said.

 

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