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Nigeria Military backs dialogue with Niger Delta militants


The military has pledged to cease fire in the Niger Delta as the Federal Government holds negotiation with militants, but would not hesitate to respond to any unprovoked attack.

Rabe Abubakar
A statement yesterday in Abuja by the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said the Armed Forces have the capacity to defend themselves and the territorial integrity of Nigeria and that the efforts of the Nigerian government to restore peace in the area must be supported.

According to Abubakar, “The Defence Headquarters is re-emphasising that the military totally supports the Federal Government’s negotiations with militants to achieve peaceful settlement of the Niger Delta problem.”



He assured that cooperation between the Armed Forces and peaceful groups would be strengthened. The statement however, warned the “belligerent groups in either the Niger Delta or any other part of the country to stop acts capable of disrupting peace or threatening the security of the nation or they will face the consequences.”

The statement noted: “The military would respond proportionately to any armed attacks against its personnel in a professional manner in line with its constitutional mandate of defending innocent citizens as well as critical national infrastructure.

“It is instructive to state that the Armed Forces have the capacity to defend themselves just as they did recently when a group of misguided elements attacked their location at Efut Esighi waterfront in Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State where they paid dearly for their evil act,” he said.

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