Niger Delta Avengers: FG deploys 5 warships, 100 gunboats, fighter jets to stop militants

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The recent deployment of warships and gun boats in the region has heightened tension among the indigenes of the communities.

The Federal Government has deployed five warships, 100 gunboats, fighter jets to curb the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers in the oil rich Niger Delta region.

This is coming on the heels of reports of the deployment of surveillance aircrafts to the creeks of Delta State in search of militant group.

In its bid to end the incessant pipeline bombings in the Niger Delta region, the Federal Government on Wednesday, May 25, held a meeting over 50 militant leaders at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

After the meeting, the government reportedly reached some agreements with the ex-militants.

The Niger Delta Avengers however denounced the meeting and responded by bombing a trunkline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Thursday, May 26, 2016.

The militants also said “The Niger Delta stakeholder’s meeting is an insult to the people of Niger Delta. What we need is a Sovereign State not pipeline contracts.”

The recent deployment of warships and gun boats in the region has heightened tension among the indigenes of the communities.

According to Vanguard, a resident , Ayebatari, said “There is a massive security operation going on in the area. Fighter jets and helicopter gunships have been hovering around the airspace at low level, apparently on surveillance mission. Many of the natives are worried about the development.”

The Save Niger Delta group has slammed the Federal Government over the alleged invasion of some areas in the Niger Delta.

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