We are prepared to deal with Niger Delta Avengers – Navy chief

Militants. [Photo credit: Pulse.ng]
Militants used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: Pulse.ng]

The Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok-Ete Ibas, has warned the Niger Delta Avengers against threat to resume destruction and bombing of oil facilities in the Niger Delta.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the militant group had recently announced plans to resume hostilities, claiming that the federal government had not fulfilled its promise to redress situations in the region.

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday at the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command in Calabar, Mr. Ibas said no group had the strength to threaten the peace and unity of Nigeria.

The CNS, who had an extensive interaction with officers and ratings across all formations under the Eastern Naval Command, said that the navy was prepared to confront any threat in the region.

“We are prepared for any group that threatens the unity and peace of our country. We are ready to stop all forms of illegal activities on our nation’s economic resources.

“I am here to carry out an appraisal on the activities of all mobile units ashore, training establishment as well as exercise the fleet later.

“No individual or group including the Niger Delta Avengers has the audacity to threaten the country and we will also make sure that Nigerians can use the maritime space unhindered.

“We have in the last two years made a considerable impact of reducing the operations of pirates,” he said.

He said that the presence of the Navy had given rise to maritime commerce, and that there had been remarkable improvement on the number of ships that were coming into the country.

Mr. Ibas explained that the recent acquisition of 150 boats by Nigerian Navy which was produced by an indigenous company `Epenal Boat’, had created positive impact in the navy.

“Most great nations are nations that are able to take their destiny in their hands.

“I believe that Nigeria could look inwards and develop boats. We have identified that we have an indigenous boat company and we decided to try them, out given the type of challenges that we have,’’ he said.

He also disclosed that the Navy had on November 12 arrested six pirates that had attempted to hijack a ship, adding that the impact of the navy on sea had given rise to increased maritime activities.

(NAN)


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  • Frank Bassey

    This threat led to the Avengers’ bombing of oil facilities last year and Nigeria suffered for it. You have started again. Of course, you know the people do not fear your gunboats or boatguns.

  • Dejo Oladimeji

    Military formations all over the world always come up with statements like this. If any should like to test them out, there will always be casualties on both sides. The question is do we want any destructions and casualties in our fragile society? We all need to embrace peace for any meaningful development to take place for our children’s benefits. Presently, there is unprecedented numbers of unemployments, poverty and lopsided richness that is not very good for our country. Any solutions to these?

    • Jon

      As long as oil has not been found in the North by Buhari, the Hausa/Fulani soldiers will fight and fight and fight to keep the oil revenue flowing to the North. So, far, Buhari has almost spent $3 billion hitting dry holes everywhere in the North and has refused to stop.