Buhari Deploys Service Chiefs to Niger Delta Over Rising Militancy

Buhari Deploys Service Chiefs to Niger Delta Over Rising Militancy
April 25 05:03 2016 Print This Article

President Muhammadu Buhari has made good his threat to deal with those
blowing up oil installations in the Niger Delta like Boko Haram
terrorists are being dealt as he has dispatched the nation’s service
chiefs to the oil-rich region to confront the resurgent militancy and
secure the area from economic sabotage and other acts of criminality.

It would be recalled that Buhari had while in China, warned those
behind unlawful activities in the region to either desist from any
criminal acts and economic sabotage or be ready to be treated like
terrorists operating in Nigeria’s North-east.

In line with a presidential directive, a team, led by the Chief of
Defence Staff, CDS, Gen. Gabriel Olanisakin, accompanied by the Chief
of Naval Staff, CNS, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas yesterday stormed the
headquarters of the Operation Pulo Shield in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

Speaking on the inspection tour, Olonisakin pledged the resolve of the
Nigerian Armed Forces to deal with pipeline vandals, oil thieves,
kidnappers, cultists and sundry crimes in the Niger Delta region, even
as the team identified 10 security threats in the region.

The CDS, who was conducted round by Commander of Operation Pulo
Shield, Maj-Gen Alani Okunlola, explained that: “The visit followed
the strategic directive of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces,
President Muhammad Buhari, to deal with identified security threats in
the Niger Delta,” adding that the visits was to access the challenges
of the troops with a view to addressing them to ensure operational
effectiveness in dealing with the threats.

According to him, “I am in Yenagoa on operational visit to Operation
Pulo Shield as well as the Boat House vessel we have in Akassa.
“It is such that we can understand the challenges they are facing here
and address these challenges to enhance their operational
effectiveness and efficiency.”

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