Deployment of Warships And Military To Niger Delta.

militantswarship The federal government through the nigerian navy has deployed four warships and 3,400 military personels to the oil rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria. According to a statement issued by the eastern naval officer commanding in Onne, Rivers state, the warships are meant to combat sea piracy, crude oil theft, pipeline vandalisation by Niger Delta militants and maritime security in Nigeria, particularly in the Niger Delta region. This latest action of federal government is coming a day after a meeting of the leaders and elders of Niger Delta with president Muhammadu Buhari, to ressolve the agitations in the oil rich region. The leaders presented a 16 key demands to the federal government, which includes relocation of the administrative headquaters of the IOC’s to the Niger Delta region, and allocation of oil blocs to the indigens of the region. However, one of the militant groups, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate(NDGJM) under the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has dissociated itself from the meeting, saying the leaders are serving their selfish interest, and not representing them. This consequently led to the blowing up of another forcados crude export line in Batan community in Delta state Nigeria, which the NDGJM had claimed responsibility. The federal government through the nigerian navy responded immediately in deploying 4 warships and 3,400 military men to the oil rich region. The warships are: Nigeria Navy Ship(NNS) Okpabana, NNS Ologbo, NNS Burutu, NNS Sagbama and a naval August helicopter. The latest exercise by the military in the Niger Delta is codenamed “Exercise Sharkbite”. Will this latest action of the federal government quell the agitations in the oil rich region or will it worsen it? Only time will tell. Lets keep our fingers crossed and watch what happens in the days ahead.



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