The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has said the military will employ all available means and measures within its Rule of Engagement to crush any individual or group that destroys government infrastructures.
A statement on Tuesday by Defence spokesman Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar said, “DHQ is not unaware of the emergence of a group in the Niger Delta region who have vowed to cripple economic activities through pipeline vandalism, oil theft and kidnap of expatriate workers in that region.”
Abubakar warned that the military would not hesitate to deploy every available resource to deal decisively with any threats to economic lifeline of the nation.
He said: “The military will 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.”
Abubakar said, “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.”
He said the military and other security agencies would continue to take more proactive measures within the creeks and other places to fish out those responsible for the heinous crime.
He assured oil companies and law abiding community members of their safety and protection.
The DHQ called on 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.
Abubakar said no individual or group interest is above national interest of this country.
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