Attacks by militants in the Niger Delta have increased in recent weeks.
Rumours that militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) are planning to bomb the Ikorodu Police Station, the Atlas Cove, the Third Mainland Bridge and other targets in Lagos state has been dismissed by the Lagos state police command.
The militants who are behind the renewed attacks on pipelines and oil platforms in the Niger Delta had promised to extend their attacks to Lagos and other cities any time soon.
The Nation reports that fears were rife yesterday May, 31, that the group’s threat to extend its attacks to Lagos were likely following huge deployment of policemen in Ikorodu area of Lagos.
However, the Lagos state commissioner of police Fatai Owoseni said the city is safe, adding that the rumours of the impending attacks on the city were unfounded.
Owoseni said: “Just as you heard it as a rumour, so I also heard it as a rumour. It is a mere rumour and there is no truth in the rumour. It is just like the rumour we received that the Third Mainland Bridge will be no more on May 29.
“Here we are, the Third Mainland Bridge is still standing. Reports we got about Ikorodu are cases of cultists and the police have arrested about 200 suspects. They are being screened. Security agents are on their toes there. There is overwhelming presence of policemen because there is a tactical operation going on there since last week.
“Ikorodu has been sectioned into four tactical operations points, which are manned between 5am and 9pm.
“In fact, the report at our disposal now is that some of the militants who used the waterways to commit heinous crimes, like kidnapping and armed robbery have been relocating.
“There is no threat of bombing of a police station at Ikorodu. However, plain-clothe policemen, officials of the Directorate of State Services (DSS) are on ground and on top of the situation. People should be careful where they go,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army on Tuesday, May 31, ruled out any dialogue with the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, whose operations in the region have cut down daily oil production output.
According The Punch, the army, justifying its recent operations in Gbaramatu, Delta state, said the use of force was for now the only option until leaders of the militant group were apprehended, The Punch reports.
Brig.-Gen. J. Hamakim, representing the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said this at the ‘State of the Nation Conference’, organised by the Nigerian Bar Association and held in Abuja.