Why we’re deploying more troops, arms to Niger Delta despite dialogue – Military

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The Nigerian military, on Tuesday, defended its decision to deploy more troops and arms to the Niger Delta after the government said it was ready for talks with militants in the area.

Several militant groups, notably Niger Delta Avengers, have attacked oil and gas installations in the region in recent months, cutting production.

The military began Operation Crocodile Smile there in August, saying it would make troops combat-ready.

The Avengers group said it was prepared for talks, as proposed by the government.

But despite the offers from both sides, the army and the air force have sent more troops and arms to the region in recent weeks.

The military said in a statement Tuesday that while the armed forces respected the peace efforts, “criminals and economic saboteurs” could not be tolerated.

It also said the deployments were aimed at demonstrating the military’s capacity to protect civilians.

“The ongoing exercise is geared towards enhancing civil-military relationship and building the confidence of the resident on the ability of the military to protect them,” the statement signed by defense spokesperson, Rabe Abubakar.

“The exercise also demonstrates the strength of the troops to purge the region of criminals and economic saboteurs. The Armed Forces would not tolerate any form of criminality in that region,” it added.

Mr. Abubakar warned militant groups against forcing residents to abandon their homes.

The warning came in response to the demand by a group named, Niger Delta Green land Justice Mandate, residents vacate their homes to avoid attacks.

“It is more worrisome that despite the Federal Government’s olive branch to broker peace and proffer solution to the lingering Niger Delta problem, some groups are still fanning the ember of war,” he said. “The military and other security agencies would remain focused, un-intimidated and will display professionalism in ensuring adequate security to lives and property.”

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  • Wale

    “Bomb the shit out of them” – Trump answering a question about ISIS, the same should go towards Bokos, Avengers, Agitators and any other terrorist group anywhere in the world.

    • Okey Agugua

      I hope one of those bombs lands on top of that shithole you call house. Or may you die from a stray bullet. Yoro dirty coward.

      • Wale

        Then it’s called “friendly fire” which happens every now and then;
        but when the bombs lands on the right targets, like yourself and your folks, then it’s good riddance to bad trash.
        trust me dude, we’ll get you and yours.

        • Okey Agugua

          You can`t even get your own panties. Shivering coward.

  • Arogbo

    Democracy offers us an opportunity to freely expresses our views unhinderd as guaranteed by our constitution, but an any act of lawlessness and other forms of economic sabotage are treasonous under the law. The military has a constitutional role to defend our territorial integrity from perceived foreign or local enemies. So let them be fully deployed to protect lives and properties in the Niger Delta.

    • MOG

      Thank you very much.

  • wally

    The deployment of military to Niger Delta should be made permanent to guard against future saboteurs and they should train our boys very well on Creek warfare. No country mess about with its cash cow.

    • Bulldozer

      For how long will this use of force continue? You can only suppress them temporarily but you have not solved the problems. It is only a matter of time before the time bomb explodes. Why can’t we face the fundamental problem of restructuring the country? What are we afraid of? The terms and conditions of our unity must definitely be negotiated one way or the other , now or later.

  • St

    Purge the criminals out of them and make legal institutions permanent there not the old useless “share the money” attitude and the masses suffers and pays for the sins of some selected few

  • favourtalk

    i am always in suport if this nuraintai, he is the best man for the job in the army, nigeria has been growing up fast

    • front man

      Burutai is doing a good job

      • Olatubosun

        Good talk

  • Decimator

    I taught black waters were invited and payed millions of Dollars to do the job long ago. What happened? Have they taken the money and ran away?Perpetual warfare will definitely not unite or move a divided country forwad. Period.

  • thusspokez

    It also said the deployments were aimed at demonstrating the military’s capacity to protect civilians

    Protecting civilians is the responsibility of the law enforcement agencies; the army’s job is to protect the country and its borders from hostile external forces.

  • thusspokez

    “The exercise also demonstrates the strength of the troops to purge the region of criminals and economic saboteurs.

    What strength is the army talking about? Is this the same army that can’t even flush out a bunch of terrorists from the Sambisa forest even after two years of trying?

  • thusspokez

    “It is more worrisome that despite the Federal Government’s olive branch to broker peace and proffer solution to the lingering Niger Delta problem, some groups are still fanning the ember of war,” he said.

    Despite the Federal Government’s olive branch to broker peace the army is doing everything to undermine and sabotage the government’s peace effort.

  • front man

    Well done burutai

    • woman leader1

      Sure

  • front man

    We all say no vandalism in Niger delta region

    • woman leader1

      Gbam

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o

  • woman leader1

    Burutai kudos

  • OMOLOYIN

    This is good news and great work by this administration. Those criminals are done for.

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o

  • Olatubosun

    This administration is wonderful
    Compare to the previous administration that just spending our money lavishly

    • lgwe

      Said that to ur village people and know if they will not stone u to death. Do we have administration now.

    • lgwe

      They have only demostrated the difference between a solider and a teacher

  • Olatubosun

    Niger delta will be demolished
    Kudos to the federal government