Military replies Niger Delta Avengers Over Fresh Threats (READ)


The Defence Headquarters, on Saturday, replied Niger Delta Avengers and other militant groups, saying it will not condone attacks on oil installations.

Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar

The Director of Information, Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, in Abuja, said the military would ensure the protection of the national oil facilities.

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Recall that the Niger Delta Avengers had on Friday in a statement posted on its website, called on its fighters to get ready for war. The operations were identified as “Operations Wall of Jericho” and “Hurricane Joshua.”

Describing the Operation as unwelcome development and sabotage, Abubakar said, “This is our country and it is the responsibility of all citizens to work for its peaceful well-being and development.

“The military and other security agencies will continue to ensure the protection of lives and property of citizens in the Niger Delta or any other part of the country.

“Any act of sabotage by any group will not be condoned. We will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to maintain and protect our critical infrastructure in line with our mandate.

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“All citizens should cooperate with the military and other security agencies in the area by providing  timely information and report any suspicious persons or groups that threaten the economic activities anywhere in the country.

“We are not targeting anybody or group. Therefore, there is no need for any group to work against the country, no matter their grievances. Political leaders have embarked on negotiations with the stakeholders.”

Meanwhile, The NDA, had also in the statement by its Brig.Gen Mudoch Agbinib, said since its declaration of cessation of hostilities in the region it was clear to the group that Nigeria was not ready for any form of dialogue and negotiations with its people.

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It had said, “The world is aware that, after listening to calls from our royal fathers, community leaders, stakeholders and members of the comity of nations especially the governments of the United States of America, Great Britain and the European Union, we halted all actions.”


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