The Nigerian Army has said that it will not hesitate to deploy every available resources to deal decisively with any threats to economic lifeline of the nation by the Niger Delta militant group.
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) made this statement on Tuesday, saying that it is aware of the emergence of a group in the Niger Delta region who has vowed to cripple economic activities through pipeline vandalism, oil theft and kidnap of expatriate workers in that region.
In the statement signed the acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, the military stated that it would employ all available means and measures within its Rule of Engagement to crush any individual or group that engages in the destruction of strategic assets and facilities of the government in the Niger Delta or any other location and they will stand to regret the consequences of their actions.
The whole world has seen what they are causing in terms of economic terrorism against the nation and would be treated as criminals in line with the laws of the land.
“While the military and other security agencies would continue to emplace more proactive measures within the creeks and other places to fish out those responsible for the heinous crime, it will remain focused and assure oil companies and law abiding community members of their safety and protection of their sanctity.
The DHQ advices the community leaders, Traditional Rulers and the general public to cooperate with the security agencies to ensure the apprehension of the culprits for the interest of our great nation; as no individual or group interest is above national interest of this country,” the statement noted.