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Niger Delta: JTF Inaugurates Headquarters To Curb N100m Rent

Posted: Jun 19, 2015 at 8:17 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, code-named “Operation Pulo Shield,” spends a whopping N100 million annually on rent for offices and accommodation for its operations in the region, it has been revealed.

Commander of the JTF, Major General Emmanuel Atewe, disclosed this on Friday at the inauguration of the security outfit’s permanent site for its headquarters in Igbogene, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

He said the JTF sought  the support of the Bayelsa State government and other security agencies in the state to actualise the vision and the completion of the first phase of the project.

Atewe explained that the permanent office and residential accommodation for officers and men of the JTF would go a long way to save cost on rent.

He said the facility was on 20 hectares of land, with several buildings for office and residential purposes, medical and fitness centre, and officers’ mess, among others that were at various stages of development.

Inaugurating the permanent site of the JTF, the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, warned  ex-militants, oil thieves and criminals in the Niger Delta to refrain from testing the will of the armed forces or they would face unpleasant consequences.

He said the military was now better equipped to protect the region.

Badeh stated that the armed forces had a long history in the region and urged the people to avoid oil theft and illegal refining of petroleum products and other criminal activities.

“We have been here before. We all resolved to cease hostilities. We have a long history in the Niger Delta, from ‘Operation Flush’ to ‘Operation Restore Hope’ to ‘Operation Pulo Shield.’

“We thought that criminality in the Niger Delta was on the decline but it is on the rise again. We are after the bad people and we need the good people to support us and we (will) provide a safe environment for development,” Badeh said.

The Chief of Defence Staff also unveiled the Pulo Shield Magazine, which was aimed at showcasing the activities of the task force.

In his remarks, the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, John Jonah, a retired Rear Admiral,  commended the sacrifices of the various security agencies in sustaining the peace in the state.

He also lauded the leadership of the JTF for initiating the purpose-built facility for the military.