Black Soot: Wike Urges Refined Ways Of Destroying Illegal Refineries

Wike Alleges INEC Plans To Rig 2019 ElectionRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has appealed to the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to adopt more refined ways of destroying illegal refineries in the state.

Governor Wike made the appeal when he received the General Officer Commanding, Six Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Enobong Udoh, at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state’s capital.

He stated that the methods currently adopted by security agencies in destroying illegal refineries were harmful to the environment.

The Governor, who stressed the need to stop the illegal refineries from operating, said such actions must not expose the people to extensive and prolonged danger.

According to him, the outcome of the uncontrolled destruction of illegal refineries without precautionary measures forms part of the reasons why the state is suffering from black soot.

“The present mode of destroying illegal refineries is negatively affecting our environment. Everywhere across the state you see black soot deposited on surfaces of buildings, cars and other structures.

“The State Government is working hard to resolve this environmental challenge, but we need the cooperation of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies on the manner they destroy illegal refineries “, Governor Wike urged.

He stressed that his administration would continue to take steps to protect Rivers State from such environmental hazard.

The Governor said the health of Rivers people depend on the environment, hence the state government would work with all stakeholders to stop the soot.

In his response, Major General Udoh assured Governor Wike and the people of the state that he would continue to work professionally to ensure that they benefit from the presence of the Army Division in the state.

Shettima Holds Emergency Meeting With Security Heads

Shettima Holds Emergency Meeting With Security Heads In BornoFollowing resurgence of attacks by remnants of the ‎Boko Haram insurgents in some parts of Borno State, Governor Kashim Shettima, has held an emergency security meeting with security operatives.

The meeting was attended by heads of the Nigerian Army, Air Force, Police and the Department of State Services (DSS), with proactive measures taken on how to increase surveillance and forestall unanticipated security breach.

Governor Shettima began with a three-hour closed door meeting with the Theater Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Leo Irabor, on Friday at the Government House in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

‎During the meeting, he was briefed on recent attacks and ongoing military operations while discussions were held with assurances that the remnants of the insurgents were on suicidal mission, given their displacement from their former headquarters at the Sambisa forest.

Spokesman to the governor, Mr Isa Gusau, said in a statement issued on Sunday that after meeting with the Theater Commander who is not a member of the State Security Council, Governor Shettima presided over an emergency meeting of the State Security Council that involved core armed forces.

At the end of meeting, new guard locations were established in some routes across the state to curtail the movement of the Boko Haram fighters.

The number of security personnel deployed to various locations were also increased with more members of the Civilian JTF (youth volunteers) involved.

Governor Shettima also gave approval for the release of additional patrol vehicles to security agencies for increased surveillance in the state.

He also approved logistics to compliment efforts of the Federal Government in strengthening the armed forces, while measures were adopted to strengthen the Civilian JTF and hunters.

The Council also reviewed the synergy between formal armed forces and volunteers, with steps adopted to increase collaboration and clamp down on cattle rustling used by insurgents to raise funds.

The meeting, which lasted for over three hours at the council chambers of the Government House, had in attendance ‎the General Officer Commanding, Seven Division of the Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu; the Commander, 79 Composite group of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Charles Ohwo; the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, and the Garrison Commander, Seven Division of the Army, Brigadier General Jibrin Mohammed.

Others at the meeting are the State Director of the DSS, Suleiman Kankia, Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Secretary to the State Government, Usman Shuwa, the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Kaka Lawan and the Permanent Secretary in charge of Security.

Don’t Get Carried Away By Successes, Army Cautions Troops

Army, Troops, Boko HaramThe Nigerian Army has challenged troops fighting the Boko Haram insurgents in northeast Nigeria to remain committed despite successes being recorded at the theatre of war.

The General Officer Commanding, 3 Division of the Nigeria Army, Major General Peter Dauke, made the call at the decoration of four lieutenant colonels, who were promoted to the rank of colonel in Yobe State.

He noted that professionalism and dedication were strategic, stressing that both attributes must be observed at all times in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.

The GOC stated that even as the war was being won, security forces must remain focused and ensure that the insurgents are completely defeated.

He also tasked the promoted officers to justify the confidence the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, and the military authority have in them.

General Dauke assured troops that the military would do everything possible to ensure normalcy was restored not just in the northeast, but across Nigeria just as he urged them to work towards achieving that in the interest of all Nigerians.

Speaking on behalf of the promoted officers, Colonel Akut Aboi, thanked the entire military authority for the confidence they have in them and pledged their total commitment towards the restoration of peace across Nigeria.

The event was graced by officers and men across the various theatres of war in the state and beyond.

It was also witnessed by family members of the promoted officers as well as friends and well-wishers among others.

Officers Should Remain Committed Despite Progress In Fighting Insurgents- GOC

Lafiya Dole, Sambisa Forest, Boko haramThe General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Peter Dauke, has tasked officers and men of the Armed Forces in Yobe state, northeast Nigeria, to remain committed despite successes being recorded in the war against insurgents.

The GOC said professionalism and dedication are strategic and both attributes must be observed at all times in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.

In a news conference in Maiduguri, Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, revealed that troops had dominated most parts of the Sambisa Forest including notorious Boko haram enclaves, rescuing a total of 1,880 civilians between December 14 and 21, 2016.

Addressing officers and men at the decoration of four Lieutenant Colonels who were promoted to the rank of colonel in Yobe state, the GOC said even as the war is being won, security forces must remain committed to ensuring that the insurgents are defeated completely.

“Despite the successes being recorded at the theatre of war, I want to call on our officers and men to stay firm and ensure that the insurgents are totally defeated and peace restored.

“We expect you people to do that within the next few moments we have in this battle, in line with the commitment of the Chief of Army Staff towards ending the war” Major General Dauke said.

He then tasked the promoted officers to justify the confidence the Chief of Army staff and the military hierarchy has in them.

“Promotion comes with more challenges, but it is believed you are capable, that’s why you are being elevated to handle such challenges. You must be determined to succeed in handling such challenges if you must reciprocate the confidence reposed in you”.

Dauke assured the officers and men that the highest military hierarchy would do everything possible to ensure normalcy is restored not just in the northeast but across the country as a whole.

Speaking on behalf of the promoted officers, Colonel Aboi thanked the Chief of Army staff and the entire military hierarchy for the confidence they have in them and pledged their total commitment towards the restoration of peace across the country.

“I want to thank the Chief of Army Staff and the entire military hierarchy for the confidence reposed in us and on behalf of my promoted colleagues.

“I want to assure all Nigerians that we will continue to do our best in the quest of restoring peace and normalcy across the country” Aboi assured.

Exhibit More Diligence And Loyalty, Army Tells New Senior Officers

Nigerian Army officialsNewly decorated senior officers of the Eight Task Force Division of the Nigerian Army have been urged to exhibit more diligence, dedication and loyalty in their professional calling.

The General Officer commanding the division, Major General Ali Abdu Nani, who decorated senior officers of the division elevated in the recent promotion exercise conducted by the Nigerian Army, made the request.

Two senior officers, Colonels Francis Tunji Ojerinde and Tonye Thanks Numbere, who were elevated to the rank of Brigadier General, were decorated with their new badges of rank by the GOC and the Commander 48 Division Engineers, Major General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo respectively.

Two other senior officers Lieutenant Colonels Sebhil Adeyemo and Yunus Zubair, who were promoted to the higher rank of Colonel were equally decorated with their new ranks.

Addressing the newly promoted officers during the investiture ceremony, the General Officer Commanding urged all officers of the Division to renew and reinvigorate their zeal to put an end to the activities of insurgents in the fringes of border towns in northern Borno.

A statement by a spokesman for the Army, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, said General Nani further urged those who did not benefit from the recent promotions not to lose hope but rather rededicate themselves and shore up their productivity.

The General Officer Commanding Eight Task Force Division had just been promoted to the rank of Major General and was decorated at the Army Headquarters by the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai.

Brigadier General Francis Ojerinde, who spoke on behalf of the newly promoted officers, showered encomium on the authorities of the Nigerian Army, adding that their promotion was a call to higher responsibilities which must be assiduously pursued.

The event was graced by all officers of the Division Headquarters.

Kaduna Attacks: Army Vows To Fish Out Culprits

Army, KadunaThe Nigerian Army has vowed to fish out those behind the attacks on three villages in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The General Officer Commanding, One Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, stated this on Friday during his visit to the villages, attacked by gunmen state in northwest Nigeria.

He assured the residents of their safety, stressing that the Army personnel would be stationed in the area for some time until normalcy returns.

Eleven persons were killed and several others sustained injuries in a coordinated attack that lasted several hours in Gada Biyu, Akwa’a and Angwan Anjoo villages in Godogodo town.

Lasting Solutions

Residents of the villages have fled their homes for fear of fresh attacks they claimed were being carried out by some Fulani herdsmen.

One of the villagers, Monday Adamu, told Channels Television that the continual and systematic killing of Southern Kaduna people through attacks without government intervention is condemnable and unacceptable.

The attacks follow a series of attacks since 2011 on villages in the southern part of Kaduna State that have claimed many lives and destroyed properties worth millions of Naira.

Since the latest incident occurred, the displaced villagers have been taking refuge in neighbouring communities.

Beyond the presence of military and Police officials, the natives urged the government to find lasting solutions to the lingering crisis between the locals and Fulani herdsmen.

Niger Delta Avengers Blows Up NNPC Pipeline In Akwa Ibom

NNPC, Niger delta avengersNiger Delta Avengers militant group says it has blown up a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline in Oruk Anam Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State.

The group, via its Twitter account on Thursday morning said, “At 4:00am @NDAvengers blow up NNPC Pipeline in Oruk Anam Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom.”

After snubbing an invitation to dialogue with the Nigerian government, the Niger Delta Avengers militant group on Monday, made a U-turn and stated a number of conditions that it expects the Nigerian Government to meet before it would engage in any form of dialogue.

The group, through its spokesperson, wants the home countries of international oil companies operating in the Niger Delta to be involved in the peace process with independent foreign mediators.

It also says the sincerity of the Nigerian government is paramount and would be a major factor that would determine if its call for dialogue would be successful or not.

The group has also warned the government, oil companies and their services firms not to carry out any repairs works and suspend the buying of crude oil from the Niger Delta region pending the creation of “the right atmosphere that will engender genuine dialogue”.

Nigeria’s oil output has fallen to a 20-year low due to a series of attacks on oil pipelines in the southern Niger Delta, home to much of the country’s oil and gas wealth, in the last few months.

‘Niger Delta Avengers’ Makes U-Turn, States Conditions For Dialogue

Niger Delta, Avengers, militant groupBarely one week after snubbing an invitation to dialogue with the Nigerian government, the Niger Delta Avengers militant group appears to have made a U-turn.

The group, through its spokesperson on Monday, have stated a number of conditions that it expects the Nigerian Government to meet before it would engage in any form of dialogue.

The group is requesting that the home countries of international oil companies operating in the Niger Delta must be involved in the peace process.

It also says the sincerity of the Nigerian government is paramount and would be a major factor that would determine if its call for dialogue would be successful or not.

The group has also warned the government, oil companies and their services firms not to carry out any repairs works and suspend the buying of crude oil from the Niger Delta region pending the creation of “the right atmosphere that will engender genuine dialogue”.

“The high command of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) is using this medium to restate that there are no new items to put on the table for dialogue, we only want a genuine attitude and conducive atmosphere that will make us commit to any proposed dialogue and last peace talk.

“We want the federal government to commit members states of the multinational Oil Corporations to commit independent mediators to this proposed dialogue; we believed that it is only such environment that will engender genuine dialogue that will be aimed at setting up a framework for achieving the short, medium and long term demands of the Niger Delta to de-escalating this conflict and bring about a lasting peace.

“We are warning this government of President Muhammadu Buhari not to turn the essence of genuine peace talk and dialogue to political jamboree that is prevailing now where all manner of social media agitators and criminals have being sponsored by the job seeking corrupt political class to save faces before the government of the day.”

The group concludes, “We want a peace with honour not a peace of our time.”

Avengers Dismiss Former Militants’ Calls For Dialogue  

dialogue, niger deltaThe Niger Delta Avengers militant group has rejected calls from former militants to join talks with the government.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) on Sunday urged the Avengers to negotiate and halt attacks that have cut Nigeria’s crude output to a 20-year low.

However, the group said that MEND is phased out and that the group had been defunct since participating in the amnesty scheme.

They described call for dialogue by MEND as just some political jargon concocted to confuse the general public.

The Avengers had said that they would not cooperate with government when the idea of negotiations was first mooted last week.

The militant group has claimed responsibility for most of the recent attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta region.

Explosion Rocks NPDC Pipeline In Warri, Nigeria’s Niger Delta

Pipeline, explosion, NPDCAn explosion has rocked a pipeline operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) at Sanomi Creek, in the Ogidigben area of Warri South West, Delta State, Nigeria.

A security official and a community leader in the restive Niger Delta told Reuters on Friday that the pipeline exploded around 8 p.m. local time (1900 GMT) on Thursday.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the blast.

NPDC is a subsidiary of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group that has claimed responsibility for most of the recent attacks, on Wednesday, rejected an offer to dialogue with the Nigerian government.

Nigeria’s oil output has fallen to a 20-year low due to a series of attacks on oil pipelines in the southern Niger Delta, home to much of the country’s oil and gas wealth, in the last few months.

Niger Delta Avengers Strikes Agip Crude Pipeline In Bayelsa 

Niger Delta AvengersThe Niger Delta Avengers says that it has bombed yet another crude oil pipeline belonging to Agip ENI in Bayelsa State, Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

The group in a tweet on its Twitter handle @NDAvengers, said that it blew up the Obi Obi Brass trunk line belonging to Agip ENI at 3:am on Friday.

The Obi Obi Brass trunk line is regarded as Agip’s major crude oil line in Bayelsa State.

In its latest tweet, the group said, “It is good as foreign refineries stop buying Nigeria oil because the Nigeria state has been robbing the Niger Delta of her oil and gas.

“We will inform the international communities when we are open for business.”

Army To Apply Rules Of Engagement In Niger Delta

Nigerian-ArmyThe Nigerian Army says it will apply rules of engagement to its fullest in the Niger Delta region, as militants continue to attack troops and oil installations in the region.

The General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, General Ibrahim Atahiru, told reporters after a meeting of all principal officers of the Nigerian Army with the Chief of Army Staff in Abuja on Wednesday, that the army would no longer allow any attack on its troops to go unpunished.

According to him, the two weeks ceasefire directive from the Federal Government is to enable government reach out to the militants in a non- combat manner.

He, however, maintained that the army would deal decisively with vandals until they were subdued.

Meanwhile, the Niger Delta Avengers, a group that has claimed responsibility for most of the recent attacks on oil facilities in the region has denied engaging the Nigerian military in combat.

In a statement on its website, the group urged all groups in Rivers, Ondo, Delta, Bayelsa, Cross River, and Akwa Ibom States not to attack soldiers, warning that it would deal with any group that attacks military.