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Troops Return To Oporoza In Search Of Militants

Posted: Jun 7, 2016 at 4:32 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Daniel abia, emma arubi, innocent oweh

PORT Harcourt/Warri/Abuja – Federal Government troops returned to Oporo-za, Delta State, on Monday, in search of militants who have continuously claimed responsibility for recent attacks on oil pipelines. Troops’ return came less than 72 hours after they ended an earlier six-day siege on the community. There were speculations that they returned after receiving information of militant movement in the community. Reports claimed that troops searched the Oporoza Guesthouse where they had been previously.

The lockdown of com-munities by military troops have been widely condemned by stakeholders in the region who insist that military occupation made communal life impossible in the affected areas. Mr. Udengs Eradiri, President of the Ijaw Youth Congress (IYC), in a recent interview said his group was in total opposition to deployment of troops in the beleaguered communities.

Said he: “We condemn the deployment of troops to the Niger Delta. As much as we condemn and will keep condemning the act of bombing pipelines and other oil facilities in the Niger Delta by militants, military option is not and can never be a solution to the problem.“I think that we need dialogue at this point. We don’t know these boys, but we are calling on the Federal Government to reconsider the negative implication of sending troops to the region. Things have never worked that way. You cannot use force to end a problem.

“I am pleading with the government and our dear President to have a re-think because two wrongs cannot make a right. We condemn the actions of these boys. At the same time, we are calling on the government to withdraw the troops from the Niger Delta communities as this can only aggravate the problem.”