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Niger Delta: JTF Spends N100m On Rent Annually

Posted: Jun 20, 2015 at 8:18 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa


The Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta code-named ‘Operation Pulo’ spends a whopping N100million annually on rented offices and accommodation for its operations in the region.

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 solicited the support of Bayelsa State Government and other security agencies in the state to actualize the vision and the completion of the first phase of the project.

Atewe explained that he embarked on building a permanent office and residential accommodation for officers and men of the JTF to save cost of rent.

He said the facility was sitting on 20 hectares of land with several buildings for office and residential purposes, medical and fitness centre, 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 Marshall Alex Badeh, warned ex-militants, oil thieves and criminals in the Niger Delta to refrain from testing the will of the armed forces or else they would face unpleasant consequences.

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

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

He also said the Navy recently acquired the capability and weapons to patrol and secure the country’s territorial waters while the JTF received additional equipment for land and water patrols.

“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’ and in 2010 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 provide a safe environment for development,” Badeh said.

Apart from inaugurating the first phase of office accommodation for the JTF headquarters, the Chief of Defence Staff also unveiled the Pulo Shield Magazine which he said 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 existing peace in the state.

He also lauded the leadership of the JTF for initiating the idea of a purpose-built facility for military use and operations.