The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai spoke after commissioning an apartment for soldiers and a giant size generating set at the 2 Amphibious Brigade in Port Harcourt, said the army will not fold its hands and allow the groups to continue to kill its soldiers on locations in the region.
Major General Buratai also called on communities in the region to help the military fish out members of the Niger Delta Avengers in their midst. “They have been attacking our troop locations, killing our soldiers. We will not tolerate them. We will deal with them according to the law. We will look for them wherever they are. They are not agitating for anything , they are just into crime.
Communities should be patriotic enough to expose these criminals. They have noting to fear. They should help fish out these criminals killing our soldiers, we will not tolerate that. They must come out to help. They have noting to fear. Everybody, every Nigerian should expose these criminals. They have noting to fear,“ he said. Earlier, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, had commissioned 12 refurbished gunboats at Okrika local government area and a 40 bed space apartment for soldiers in the area. General Olonisakin who was accompanied by other service chiefs to the exercise said security agencies will no longer allow criminals destroy national assets in the region. Source: naijaonpoint.com
Opinion:By killing solders and blowing oil pipelines, the Niger Delta Avengers have directly or indirectly invited the military into a confrontation. Action is equal to reaction. Violence begets violence. One thing is sure, there would be casualties on both sides. It would be difficult for the Niger Delta communities, because militants fight guerilla kind of fight. The army might resort to using the communities to help fish out militants. The army might also occupy some communities, no one wishes for that. Odi community massacre readily comes to mind. Sadly Odi community is in Niger Delta, the army went in, because some security officers were killed by the militants. Odi was massacred occurred as the army moved in. We don’t pray for that to happen again. Hoping that Governors Wike (Rivers State) and Dickson (Bayelsa State) would live up to their promise of helping solders to fish out militants.
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