Surrender or Get Crushed – Navy Warns Niger Delta Avengers




The Nigerian Navy has admonished militants in the Niger
Delta to embrace the olive branch extended to them by the
Federal Government or face its wrath.
Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, in
an interview, warned that the Navy has the capacity to
wipe out militancy from the region.
He said the force is, at the moment, being restrained from
doing so because of ongoing negotiations with the militants
by the government.
According to the Ibas, should the dialogue between the
various tiers of government and the militants fail, the
military would come down heavily on the militants.
The Vice Admiral called on the militants to have a rethink
of their acts which he said is threatening the economy of
the country.
He said no responsible government anywhere in the world
would fold its arm and watch a group of militants take laws
into their hands by disrupting the peace and economy of its
nation.
The CNS commended President Buhari for strengthening
the might of Navy and the military generally. He explained
that the administration, more than administrations before it
in the last few decades, has made enormous investments
in the procurement of desired facilities for the force.
He insisted that the Navy has done well especially in the
area of helping to fight insurgencies and pirates.
“In terms of internal security we have performed well…
“The Navy has done a lot to support the national objective.
The economic mainstream of the nation is domiciled in the
maritime domain. If the Navy doesn’t have the capacity to
ensure that the activities out there are uninterrupted, then
there will be serious crisis in the nation.
“We have also tried to collaborate with other national
agencies to keep the maritime space secure,” he said.

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