If a report by New Telegraph newspaper is anything to go by, the federal government of Nigeria has begun an investigation into the possibility that some foreign nations may be backing Niger Delta Avengers.
The intelligence arm of the military and other security agencies were said to have launched an investigation into the source of supply of the sophisticated arms at the disposal of the militant group.
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin says a joint task force would be set up to tackle herdsmen attacks
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin
The emergence of another group – Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC) who recently threatened to launch six missiles in the Niger Delta tomorrow, June 7 has raised more concern within security and military circles.
A source however said the military won’t embark on a full military operation in the Niger Delta as they were mindful of the need not to aggravate the situation and also protect innocent people in the region.
According to the source, the new strategies being mapped-out, will not exclude the protection of human rights, as well as the rule of engagement (ROE).
“There are international machineries that have been employed for the sole aim of destabilising the nation, in order to control our oil.
“When you hear these guys say they are launching missiles, it is from the support of their international conspirators. Some of these countries gather information from where they do comparative analysis.
“We must get whoever is behind this renewed acts of vandalism, which have cut production by about 800,000 barrels per day (bpd). Whichever way you look at it, yes, there could be the possibility that they (agitators) have international collaborators.
“All over the world, there is nowhere in history that non-state actors ever succeeded over state actors; ours will not be an exception. The Nigerian Armed Forces will ensure the indivisibility of this great country of ours,” the source said.
Meanwhile, panic stricken villagers, who had deserted their respective communities in the wake of the military onslaught against the Niger Delta Avengers, are still afraid to return home despite the gradual disengagement of military personnel in the area.
The communities affected are Oporoza, Kurutie, Okerenkeko, Gbaramatu and other neighbouring villages and environs.
In a related development, the south south zone of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has blamed the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the current attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta region.
The party said the attacks were sponsored to derail President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.