The Nigerian Army has threatened to crush the new militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, which has threatened to cripple the nation’s economy through targeted destruction of oil pipeline and kidnap of workers in the region.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by its acting Director of Information, Rabe Abubakar, from the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), the Army said it would deploy every available resource to deal decisively with any threats to economic lifeline of the nation.
The statement read: “The defence headquarters (DHQ) is not unaware of the emergence of a Niger Delta group that has vowed to cripple economic activities through pipeline vandalism, oil theft and kidnap of expatriate workers in that region; it will not hesitate to deploy every available resources to deal decisively with any threats to economic lifeline of the nation.”
“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 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 advises 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.”
A week ago, a group of militants called “Niger Delta Avengers” launched a flurry of attacks on oil installations in Delta state.
The militants of the group have also threatened to launch more attacks in different parts of the country.