The Joint Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, has vowed to treat militants in the area as common criminals.
The Commander, OPS, Maj. Gen. Alani Okunlola, said this while reacting to a threat by a group, the Niger Delta Avengers, which vowed to destroy more pipeline in the area.
In a statement by the Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, OPS, Col. Ado Isa, the commander reiterated the troops’ resolve to crack down on vandals and economic saboteurs and also ensure the arrest of perpetrators and their accomplices for prosecution.
Okunlola said, “Anybody or group masquerading as militants are criminals and will be resisted and crushed in line with the mandate of the Joint Force in the Niger Delta.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria granted amnesty to repentant agitators and the amnesty automatically ends militancy and agitation in the region. Any group or persons under whatever guise will be treated like common criminals.
“The Force had carried out aggressive patrols and surveillances within the waterways and the creeks, which had led to the arrest of suspects, and recovery of arms and ammunition, illegal oil bunkering vessels and barges and the suspects are at various stages of prosecution in Nigerian courts of competent jurisdiction.”
Okunlola called on the “so-called Niger Delta Avengers” to have a re-think and desist from doing anything that would make them cross the path of the OPS.
He also warned other criminals operating in the region to be ready to face the consequences of their actions, as the Joint Force was ready to flush them out of the region.
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