A team of the Nigeria Service Chiefs, led by the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Gabriel Olanisakin, accompanied by the Chief of Naval Staff, CNS, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas have stormed the Niger Delta region to launch a counter-attack on militants that have retunred to the creek to destroy oil installations and commit other crimes.
The Service Chiefs arrived at the headquarters of the Operation Pulo Shield in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State yesterday, obviously on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari who had earlier warned while on an official visit to China that he would deal with militants in Niger Deta the same way he has been treating Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.
On arrival, General Gabriel 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: “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.”
He added that the visit was to access the challenges of the troops with a view to addressing them and to ensure operational effectiveness in dealing with the threats.
“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.” [myad]