The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham, has declared that legal actions would not be allowed within the Niger Delta, whereas assuring that troopers would not molest or inconvenience law-abiding residents.
He made the declaration yesterday whereas kicking off Exercise Crocodile Smile four and medical outreach at Rumuokoro-Port Harcourt in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area and later at Bolo in Ogu/Bolo LGA, each of Rivers State.
The GOC, who was accompanied by heads of sister safety companies, stated: “The train is supposed to fight rising threats within the Niger Delta area. Emphasis throughout the train can be on army operations and familiarizing troops with the peculiar modern safety terrain and logistic challenges.
“Since the inception of the train about three years in the past, it has achieved important successes in safety of oil and fuel infrastructure, and checkmating crimes. This is on account of excellent synergy involving the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force and different safety companies, in finishing up these onerous duties of guaranteeing peace and stability within the 6 Division’s Area of Responsibility (Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Delta States).
“This 12 months’s train additionally witnessed collaboration and joint efforts between the Nigerian Army and different sister safety companies. The train can be a precursor to the true operation meant to checkmate multifarious safety challenges prevalent within the Niger Delta area, which embrace militancy, pipeline vandalism, unlawful bunkering and refining, cultism and kidnapping, amongst others.
“The Nigerian Army, being a professionally-responsive organisation, will not molest or inconvenience any law-abiding citizen. Consequently, all are enjoined to go about their legitimate affairs, without any fear. At the same time, all criminal activities must be reported and prevented in the Niger Delta, in order to forestall threat to economic activities in the region.”