No Plan To Invade Delta Communities – Army chief
The Nigerian military has said recent fears over likely federal forces offensive in the Niger Delta were unnecessary as there are no such plans.
Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, allayed the fears during a courtesy call on the Olu of Warri, His Royal Majesty, Ikenwoli, in his palace on Ajamimogha Road, Warri.
The army chief, who had earlier Saturday morning flagged off the special military drill, codenamed ‘Operation Crocodile’s Tears’ in Sapele, said the exercise would focus on training for military personnel and not aimed at witch-hunting or victimising anyone.
“The exercise is a training routine and not designed to witch-hunt anyone. To this end, I urge all law abiding citizens to go about their normal daily activities without fears”, he said
The Olu of Warri, in his reaction, said that Nigeria remained indissoluble, saying his subjects and all Deltas believe in one Nigeria.
It will be recalled that in its logistics build-up to the commencement of the exercise, the military has embarked on a free medical outreach for Sapele communities in Delta State.
Medical personnel from the Nigerian Army Medical Corps were deployed to attend to medical needs of people of the communities free of charge.