Navy warns militants, seeks host communities’ cooperation

The Nigerian Navy has again reiterated its vow to rid the Niger Delta of illegalities, warning that the military will soon apprehend those responsible for the bombing of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation pipeline.

The warning came on the heels of another destruction of an NNPC’s pipeline allegedly by a group of militants that goes by the name, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate.

The group had on Friday claimed responsibility for blowing up NNPC oil pipeline a few days ago in Warri, Delta State.

The Commander, Nigeria Naval Ship Soroh, Commodore Habib Usman, said on Saturday that the military was ready to deal with the hoodlums.

Usman stated this when he led a team of medical personnel to offer free medical test and treatments to residents of Akenpai community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

He said the recent bombings were part of efforts by miscreants to bring disaffection between the various communities in the Niger Delta and the government, saying that the military was now more ready to deal with all forms of illegalities.

Usman said, “Well, the recent bombings we are experiencing are part of the ways miscreants are trying to bring disaffection between the various communities and the government.

“We (security men) are ready for them. Now let me sound this as a warning that any form of illegalities will not be tolerated in this region. We are looking out for them and God willing, we will catch them with the help of the communities.

“We require the support of the communities to provide us with information because they know these hoodlums. They should give us the information and we will go after them and this time whoever comes with any type of illegalities will have himself to blame.”

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