Why we deployed troops, equipment in Bayelsa — Nigerian Military

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Why we deployed troops, equipment in Bayelsa — Nigerian Military

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The Nigerian military says it deployed troops and equipment in Bayelsa State on Monday to forestall the threat of secession.

A group known as the Adaka Boro Avengers had threatened to declare independence on Monday, but said it shelved the plan after the intervention of leaders including former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The joint military force responsible for security in the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe, said on Tuesday that it would however remain “professional and civil” in dealing with security threats by militant groups in the area.

Joseph Okojie, a Rear Admiral and commander of the joint operation, who said this in Yenagoa, added that the deployment of troops and equipment noticed on Monday at Kaiama in Bayelsa was part of normal operations to keep the region safe.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that troops and military hardware were deployed to Kaiama in Bayelsa following threats by a militant group to take control of the area.

Mr. Okojie, who briefed journalists after a meeting with unit commanders within Operation Delta Safe in Yenagoa, said the military had the freedom to be in any part of the country.

“The Federal Republic of Nigeria belongs to all of us and the armed forces have the freedom to be at any part of Nigeria at any time, we are merely doing our normal duty within our mandate.

“We were in Kaiama to show that Operation Delta Safe was on ground to ensure that the report by some faceless organisations about creating a ‘territory’ to themselves is not allowed to happen.

“The heavy presence being noticed in parts of the Niger Delta is part of our routine duties to guarantee the safety of law abiding that people of Niger Delta and ensure atmosphere conducive for economic activities.

“I am sure that we did not molest or intimidate anyone, we shall be professional and civil in the discharge of our duties.

“Our presence is part of our normal duty to reassure the people that there is no cause for alarm,” Mr. Okojie said.

Mr. Okojie said the meeting with Component Commanders of Operation Delta Safe was to review the achievements of the operation to ensure that they were mission-oriented.

(NAN)


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  • This is calling on the APC media House in the North and South west-and other bloggers to desist from blackmailing the Ijaw Nation by tagging the Nigerian Military operation against ‘Pipeline Vandals’ as ‘Ijaw Militants’ because this is highly malicious, vivacious and inciting. Nigerians should not forget or conceal the “FACT” that this reckless military operation which resulted in the Nigerian Military shelling remote Yoruba Communities in Lagos and Ogun States respectively has claimed the lives of more than 120 Yoruba Women, Children and Men as reported by neighbouring communities whereas the Ijaw is yet to record any casualties despite series of calls made across the Ijaw Nation. The Nigerian Military should adopt a professional approach to solving internal security issues. NB: STOP BLACKMAILING THE IJAW NATION AND ITS CITIZENS!!!

    • “STOP BLACKMAILING THE IJAW NATION AND ITS CITIZENS!!!”
      You can start by telling the ND Sc-avengers to stop bombing Niger Delta.

  • Fulani herdsmen are killing people daily in the middle belt, yet buhari will not deploy troops

    • because oil is not involved

    • How can the North and SW survive without the oil from SE SS. The North and their Yoruba slaves are fighting for survival?

      • Oil from SS SE?
        LOLz.

        Lagos now officially an oil producing state – Governor Ambode
        www thisdaylive com/index.php/2016/05/05/with-huge-gas-reserves-of-650bcf-lagos-joins-oil-producing-states/

  • When Jonathan went after the boko Haram fighters–it was Buhari who made the following chilling statement—Yet he became president because Nigerians often forget comments made by the Fulani–Yoruba and Ibo slave masters—but are often quick to remember————the ones made by Ijaw leaders—————–Separation is the answer———Again who are these so called Isaac Boro first born fighters————-where are they based——in LAGOS—?—–Sadly these are all part of the propaganda network of the Apes in APC——————————-Hence the need for separation——very urgently——————– Buhari has asked the Federal Government to stop the clampdown of Boko Haram insurgents, saying Niger Delta Militants were never killed or properties belonging to them destroyed. Buhari who spoke on Sunday on a Liberty Radio programme, Guest of the Week monitored said accused the government of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members while the Niger Delta militants get special treatment. The former dictator said that unlike the special treatment given to the Niger Delta militants by the federal government, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished by government.

    • Now nko is Buhari not sending jet fighters to bomb Ijaw villages and showing how these villagers were killed–Happily instead of Ijaws—-being killed those the Airforcr murdered were Yorubas————————————and not Ijaws——————————————Der is God oooooooooooooh’

      • All the while, we have been telling you, the military never called Ijaws.
        Thanks for agreeing!
        Der is God oooooooooooooh’

    • And who called Boko Haram “our siblings?”
      Goodluck Jonathan.

  • There was pandemonium on Thursday in the Arepo area of Ogun State and some part of Lagos State after the military bombarded the base of suspected militants in the states.

    Journalist were told that scores of militants were reportedly killed in the joint military operation which lasted for more than one hour.

    A source said the military attacked Fatola, the base of the militants, adding that houses around the area were shaken by the impact of bomb explosions on the Ijaw militants.

    He said, “There has been a lot of commotion. The Nigerian Air Force bombarded Fatola, in Arepo, which is the base of the militants. They are shelling the place with fighter jets. Some soldiers also surrounded the area to make sure that if any of the militants should run out, they would be gunned down.”

  • When Jonathan went after the boko Haram fighters–it was Buhari who made the following chilling statement—Yet he became president because Nigerians often forget comments made by the Fulani–Yoruba and Ibo slave masters—but are often quick to remember————the ones made by Ijaw leaders—————-Separation is the answer———Again who are these so called Isaac Boro first born fighters——-from Sapele—-Who are the miltants the Army bombed——in LAGOS—?- Are they Ijaws———————-really? Is Sapele not Itsekiri ati Urhobo village—?–Sadly these are all part of the propaganda network of the Apes in APC——————————-Hence the need for separation——very urgently———-
    Here them Apes in APC———–(— Buhari has asked the Federal Government to stop the clampdown of Boko Haram insurgents, saying Niger Delta Militants were never killed or properties belonging to them destroyed. What about the bombing of Ijaw settlements in Lagos–? Buhari who spoke on Sunday on a Liberty Radio programme, Guest of the Week monitored said accused the government of Jonathan of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members while the Niger Delta militants get special treatment. Na true–abi? The former dictator said that unlike the special treatment given to the Niger Delta militants by the federal government, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished by government. Then read the story below———–U will now see the need for us to go our separate ways—————————————————-

    • This coward Izon Redeemer, why were you not at Kaiama yesterday to declare the Niger Delta Independent? You decided to stay safely at home posting nonsense on Disqus instead of being in action. ‘PDPig e-rat, the election don go, wait till 2019 for another campaign for your Jonah.’

      • Do u know where i live————————-Where were u when MKO Abiola declared himself as the President of Nigeria——-what did u the Yorubas do——————Nothing–today it is the same Fulanis who killed his wife Kudirat–a woman who was betrayed to the Fulanis by the Yorubas now leaking the ass of the Fulanis in aso rock–At least it was not a n Ijaw woman that the Fulanis beheaded again in Abuja———————-Yoruba cowards die many times before their death—-Just mouthy for nothing-

        • Where do you leave? Hiding In the creeks of Bayelsa Delta States or you are at large in Benin Republic like your co-miscreant Asari Dokubo?

          • LOLz…good one.

    • “Boko Haram is our siblings.”
      Goodluck Jonathan, Aug 2, 2012.

      • ‘We cannot fold our arm watching Nigerian military killing Niger Delta Avengers because they are our children'(Acting in our interest for losing the Presidency by our son)
        so called Elder statesman Edwin Clark August 2016

  • The Nigerian military says it deployed troops and equipment in Bayelsa State on Monday to forestall the threat of secession.

    Go tell that to nincompoops. What a load of nonsense coming from the Nigeria army.

    Nigeria is a democracy!
    Nigeria is a democracy!
    Nigeria is a democracy, and it is not for the army to take matters into its hands. That decision is for the Nigerian President to make.

    If there were any serious threats of succession, why had no one heard of it? Why had no legislator raised it in the NASS? Or what has Buhari’s office or Ministry of defence or Internal affairs or DSS issued press statements to that effect? Or why is it not headline news or in the editorials of Nigerian newspapers or hotly talked about on social media?

    The reason the army acted in this lawless manner is to sabotage Buhari’s dialogue with the militants and because the army are programmed to think military action is the only solution to all problems. Unfortunately, it has failed to prove that point against boko haram, but nevertheless have decided to open a new front.

    • Nonsense.
      What dialogue with the militants?

      “We Do Not Support Niger Delta Avengers – Ijaw Youth Council”
      09 May 2016
      www thewhistler ng/story/we-do-not-support-niger-delta-avengers-ijaw-youth-council

  • As long as the Army are in Nigeria and on Nigeria waters,no problem. The oath you guys took is to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

  • The Arepo “bomb rain” will be child’s play if compared with what may be coming to the Niger Delta; for both Avengers and the communities where they hide. Those miscreants have been grandstanding and boasting, even irritating and insulting with a condition that President Buhari must personally negotiate with them…and a criminal like Tompolo must be in their team. What an insult. Now, let’s see who blinks first.

  • ‪#‎OccupyNigerDelta‬…

    #OccupyNigerDelta…

    #OccupyNigerDelta…

    Are you a Niger Deltan? Are you from Edo, Delta, Rivers, Cross Rivers, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom? Do you have oil and gas underneath your soil as an inheritance from God? The time is now for you to RISE to protest the planned invasion of the Niger Delta by Hausa Fulani from the North.

    We must not allow Buhari to institute his hegemonic agenda. A man who has refused to train special forces to fight killer terrorists Boko haram and Fulani Herdsmen BUT train special forces to fight and kill the Niger Delta people and destroy our already polluted environment is an enemy of our existence and pride. We are nobles of noble birth.

    We must not allow the army to invade and occupy our lands.

    1. As the Northern people fight to protect the illegal ownership of our Niger Delta oil wells, the ultimate goal of every Niger Deltan should be to ensure that those very oil wells are destroyed.

    2. Why is Dangote building refiner in Lagos? Why did he not build it in Niger Delta? Will that refinery employ Niger Deltans in Lagos or Yorubas and Hausas first?

    CALL TO ACTION

    ==========

    Arise! Arise!! Arise!!! ….#OccupyNigerDelta and fill the streets.

    …….From Benin City to Calabar. From Obudu hills to bonny Islands, lets fill the streets.

    …….Lets show the world that Buhari is a wicked, deceitful and killer Commander in Chief who has been using military to kill and main Niger Deltans and Biafrans. Lets resist. Lets Protest.

    …God bless the Niger Delta

    • With the spate of bombings and I’ll feeling from ND, would you put your business in ND? Dangote made the right decision.

      • Then where is the oil coming from, from Katsina I guess.

        • Singapore don’t have a single oil well, but it is the world’s 3rd largest refining country.
          KKK bigots like you cannot think.

          • even biafran soldiers slaughtered Ijaw people during the occupation of calabar, port harcourt before Benjamin adekunle drove them out to the welcoming jubiliation of the SS people. Now you want them in your Biafra, tofiapa!

          • Ignorance is a disease.

          • You are ignorance, bigot liar.

          • correct. highly rampant in the delta of now adays unlike Ojukwu’s time.

          • It is a pity you are implying that Singapore is doing well because they have no oil. Singaporeans have brains, can you say that about your Fulani masters? Has Nigeria been able to maintain one single functioning refinery since the time Lukman, Shinkafi and Imam Buhari?

          • Thanks for agreeing that even without oil, Singapore can still have world’s class refineries.
            Just like Jonathan had flushed Nigeria plentifully with gasoline and diesel with superbly-functioning refineries during his time!

        • We won’t be needing your oil. The one from Ondo, Lagos, Ogun, and other countries that have signed in to refine their oil in Lagos are enough to lift up Nigeria. You can the go and drink your oil like your ogogoro.

  • The first ACTION any government should take over such patriotic acts is to use Police action and not have the fake Fulani ati Yoruba government of Buhari send Fulani troops from Mali to occupy the Niger delta—-The Independence declaration can take place on top of water—-or inside a pit latrine—It does not matter—It is after the liberation war of the Ijaw Nation that we can come and celebrate the area where the declaration was made–Did the Same Buhari not use Abacha to murder Ken saro Wiwa..over the same Fulani ati Yoruba contrived lies-which led to the murder of the Ogoni 9

    • Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie, the new security boss in charge of wiping out the terrorists bombing Niger Delta, is a Cross River man.

      • Was late Ojukwu not sent by the Fulanis to go and arrest late Adaka Boro———in the South south————–monkey

        • Isaac Adaka Boro was a traitor and ethnic jingoist like the rest of them including you

        • Was that monkey Ojukwu fled to Ivory Coast from Gowon?

  • These Niger Delta Freedom Fighters are not murdering unarmed civilians, destroying mosques (BH destroyed churches) and places of worship bombing markets or schools, abducting innocent women and children raping and maiming, razing towns and villages etc… All these and more are what Islamic terrorists Boko Haram from the north are doing. The militry has no business there except to use it as opportunity to organize and overthrow and excise the cancer.

    These people are asking for a fair share of what belongs to them which is currently being looted by Sunni Muslim oligarchs, scavengers and sponsors or Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen terrorists. 90 % of the oil wealth of belongs to scavengers from the north. These ungodly hypocrites who use terrorism to threaten Nigerians so that they can intensify the plunder and loots need to be punished.

    • And who is the boss of the PDP party in the Niger Delta states?
      Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff, the islamist jihadist Boko Haram founder financier!

      • Hailing Hailers of the Buhari luciferic government—Then ask your dirty-smelly regional soul why Buhari allowed his First son to marry the daughter of Sheriff–adjuged by the Apes in APC as Boko haram finacier—At least Sheriff did not ask Jonathan to stop killing Boko haram fighters—Buhari did———-monkey

        • “Buhari allowed his First son to marry the daughter of Sheriff.”
          Another lie from a serial liar.
          Try to talk facts and not chatter like monkeys, monkey.

  • Yeah, invade the Niger Delta, steal their oil to keep yourselves alive. Fear of secession my foot.

    • The military is deploying massively in Bayelsa as a routine security measure.
      It is to ensure safety of law-abiding citizens from the terrorists that is stealing our oil and then running to Cotonou to take up Benin citizenship and abandoned you! Racist Bigot.

  • The nigerian army does not have to be an army of occupation,all it needs is a highly mobile lethal force utilizing tools it has(aircrafts,drones,surveillance camera etc…..) and small bases from Benin republic to Bakassi not far from pipelines,and it must be 24/7 operational.All this nonsense of militancy will be curtailed and be a forgone conclusion.

  • Big well done guys for displaying your might in your primary assignment . If those ragamuffin and imbeciles have the temerity , they should show up their face and declare their delusional state ,if that will not be their last self imposed assignment in the creek.

  • You need to do so before those guys destroyed the pople from the state

  • These Niger Delta Freedom Fighters are not murdering unarmed civilians, destroying mosques (BH destroyed churches) and places of worship bombing markets or schools, abducting innocent women and children raping and maiming, razing towns and villages etc… All these and more are what Islamic terrorists Boko Haram from the north are doing. The militry has no business there except to use it as opportunity to organize and overthrow and excise the cancer.

    These people are asking for a fair share of what belongs to them which is currently being looted by Sunni Muslim oligarchs, scavengers and sponsors or Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen terrorists. 90 % of the oil wealth of belongs to scavengers from the north. These ungodly hypocrites who use terrorism to threaten Nigerians so that they can intensify the plunder and loots need to be punished.

    • Those terrorists at Niger Delta have no rule of engagement, they kill and maimed every body,Federal Govt must rescue the situation by deploying security apparatus to protect law abiding citizens in the region at the same time save guard oil installations which belongs to it for time immemorial when those drunkard bitches were never born.

    • @Excisionist, Boko Haram (BH) sequence of attacks started by attacking security formations only, then gradually included government workers whom the believed were on the government side, then on churches, mosques, indiscriminate targets on civilian population irrespective of race, tribe, religion, affiliation etc. Humans can only act reasonable under normal and safe circumstance. I emplore all my agitating and war ready brothers in the Niger Deltans (ND) (because not all NDs are agitators and war ready) to study the BH and South Sudan conflict with unbiased mind and definately you all realise that there is no alternative to peace in life.

  • #‎OccupyNigerDelta‬…

    #OccupyNigerDelta…

    #OccupyNigerDelta…

    Are you a Niger Deltan? Are you from Edo, Delta, Rivers, Cross Rivers, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom? Do you have oil and gas underneath your soil as an inheritance from God? The time is now for you to RISE to protest the planned invasion of the Niger Delta by Hausa Fulani from the North.

    We must not allow Buhari to institute his hegemonic agenda. A man who has refused to train special forces to fight killer terrorists Boko haram and Fulani Herdsmen BUT train special forces to fight and kill the Niger Delta people and destroy our already polluted environment is an enemy of our existence and pride. We are nobles of noble birth.

    We must not allow the army to invade and occupy our lands.

    1. As the Northern people fight to protect the illegal ownership of our Niger Delta oil wells, the ultimate goal of every Niger Deltan should be to ensure that those very oil wells are destroyed.

    2. Why is Dangote building refiner in Lagos? Why did he not build it in Niger Delta? Will that refinery employ Niger Deltans in Lagos or Yorubas and Hausas first?

  • When Jonathan went after the boko Haram fighters-in the North East———————–it was Buhari who made the following chilling statement—Yet he became president because Nigerians often forget comments made by the Fulani–Yoruba and Ibo slave masters—but are often quick to remember————the ones made by Ijaw leaders—————–Separation is the answer———Again who are these so called Isaac Boro first born fighters————-where are they based——in LAGOS—?—–Sadly these are all part of the propaganda network of the Apes in APC———–Ijaws do not operate from Sapele——————–Hence the need for separation——very urgently——————
    Was it not this same– Buhari who asked the Government of Jonathan, to stop the clampdown of Boko Haram insurgents, saying Niger Delta Militants were never killed or properties belonging to them destroyed. Is that why Buhari sent soldiers from Mali—-to Kaiyama? Buhari who spoke on Sunday on a Liberty Radio programme, Guest of the Week monitored said accused the government of Jonathan of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members while the Niger Delta militants get special treatment. The former dictator said that unlike the special treatment given to the Niger Delta militants by the federal government, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished by government.——-Now nko—-what about the operation in Lagos which led to the death of more than 250 Yorubas—-instead of the Holy Spirit of the Ijaws that Buhari wanted murdered—-for the Itsekiris————-

    • Jonathan and his goons were the sponsors of Boko Haram.

      • Awoye Andrew Azazi made it very clear and a fellow Bayelsa leader watched him being killed in same Bayelsa state for saying the truth. What a people! Nigerians have not forgotten.

  • This is calling on the Media owned by APC among other bloggers to desist from blackmailing the Ijaw Nation by tagging the Nigerian Military operation against ‘Pipline Vandals’ as ‘Ijaw Militants’ because this is highly malicious, vexacious and inciting. Nogerians should not forget or conceal the “FACT” that this reckless military operation which resulted in the Nigerian Military shelling remote Yoruba Communities in Lagos and Ogun States respectively has claimed the lives of more than 120 Yoruba Women, Children and Men as reported by neighbouring communities whereas the Ijaw is yet to record any casualties despite sries of calls made across the Ijaw Nation. The Nigerian Military should adopt a professional approach to solving internal security issues. NB: STOP BLACKMAILING THE IJAW NATION AND ITS CITIZENS!!! These are fake Itsekiri ex convicts created by Ayiri and Prof Sagay to dupe BUHARI———————–COUNT THE iJAW nATION OUT OF THESE RUBBISH BEING SPONSORED BY THE APES IN APC

  • I hope that the Niger delta was transformed positively by the Goodluck Jonathan’s 6 years in power.

  • We will prevail,any attempt to test our resolve to maintain the territory called Nigeria will be met with iron fist,these Ijaw criminals should be properly advised.

    • You are using the wrong name. Rommel was an honest, decent, professional soldier loved by Germans and respected by his enemies from the allied forces.

      He was not a terrorist like you and your kinsmen. Your contributions here are a disgrace to that name.

      • I am happy that you at least have respect for the Reich Generalfeldmarschall as against usual half educated bigots from Nigeria who choose to call him a war criminal hoping to spite me,he was a principled and efficient soldier, respected by even enemies,principles is what I admire in PMB,efficiency might be a problem due to the environment we have in Nigeria but the intentions are clear and that is okay for me,it is a departure from what we used to have where we had a leader who follows whichever direction the wind blows

  • Nigerian Army will no doubt hard-kick the asses of those fools who think they can do Ojukwu. Even though Ojukwu was a proved coward, these fools can never match him talk-less of causing much more trouble. If you try to break-up, you will be broke down and history had it that Biafrans suffered what they suffered because of their delusional belief that they can break away. Try to break and you will be broken.

    Try some more peaceful and diplomatic ways, then you will be listened to and you may end up having what you want. But, try the nonsense and you will be brought back to your senses.

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