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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said the Federal Government will deploy 10,000 troops in the Niger Delta in 2017.

He said so far, the government had deployed 3,000 military personnel as part of its operation, codenamed, ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ in the region.

Buratai stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, at the Government House, Yenagoa on Thursday.

The Army chief said his visit was part of the OCS operations.

He said, “The army has deployed about 3,000 officers and men, as well as equipment for the exercise.

“The number of personnel will be increased to 10,000 by next year.”

Buratai added that the exercise was aimed at training officers in marine combat operations “because the state is largely riverine and borders the Atlantic ocean and therefore prone to external aggression.”

He said the exercise was to also prepare the army against external and internal aggression.

The COAS explained that the military had also been engaged in promoting civil, military relationship in the areas of medical outreach to citizens, road maintenance and education.

He added that the military took its rules of engagement seriously, even during conflicts.

Buratai assured the communities in the Niger Delta that the ongoing military exercise was designed to protect them.

He told the communities to remain calm, noting that troops involved in the exercise understood the rules of engagement and would strictly adhere to them.

In his remarks, Dickson appreciated the military for their selflessness in discharging their duties.

The governor also commiserated with them over the death of some soldiers in a boat mishap that occurred in the state.

He, however, urged them to adopt dialogue as a means of fighting criminality in the region.

Also, the Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe, said there was no iota of truth in a report that soldiers invaded Peremabiri community in the Southern Ijaw, Bayelsa State.

The outfit said the report that soldiers destroyed buildings and carted away cash and valuables was false and should be disregarded by members of the public.

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  1. To deploy 10,000 soldier to a region that meaningfully agitated for their right as Nigerian is very wrong, I saw it as gross entrenchment on fundamental human right. I fear if soldiers will not be deployed to everyone's gate to silent them. APC administration is abusing power by using government apparatus to intimidate people. We have see that in the anticorruotion crusade, the Biafra agitation and that of the Niger Delta.

    Instead of deploying 10,000 soldiers to a peaceful region, why don't the government deploy them to sambisa forest to fight boko haram. Or does Brutai lacks the intelligence of training armies to fought in mountainous areas where he's believed to hail from.

    Please go and unlease your intelligence and military might on boko haram, not innocent Niger Deltans.

  2. "He said the exercise was to also prepare the army against external and internal aggression."

    Which war has Nigeria won externally before? Common Cameroon treated our fuck ups. Chad and Niger are the countries fighting Boko Haram while we pay them with our oil money. Which Atlantic Ocean are you talking about? The one that the USA has taken over since Obasanjo's administration with their forces called AFRICOM? Tell us with specifics Nigerian external threat perception. National (internal) security threat is what we have, viz; Economic insecurity, Food insecurity, environmental insecurity where our little land and fishing settlements are fast becoming wastelands; insurgencies from Islamic extremists; and military brutality insecurity. Address those first before bamboozling us with external insecurity narratives.

  3. When you deploy 10,000 soldiers to Niger Delta, how many will you have left to protect other borders from "external aggression" from Benin, Chad, Niger, Cameroon, etc? Send them to Dubai to protect your ill-gotten properties instead.

  4. Which external aggression? Facts are gradually unfolding. Niger Delta Avengers or not, this government is determined to wipe out some ethnic tribes. Be warned o ye people


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