Security Operatives Gunned Down 6 Militants In Rivers

At least six suspected militants have been reportedly shot dead by security operatives in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State during a joint operation in the area.

The incident occurred in the early hours of yesterday.

There were conflicting reports, about the survival of the dreaded ex-militant leader in the area, General Don Waney, in the gun duel that lasted for hours. Waney was said to have been shot dead and his corpse carried away during the operation around Ali-Ugo junction.

But, it was gathered evening from one of the former militant leader’s lieutenants, who confirmed the attack by security agents, that “our boss is alive and not dead.”

Earlier, there was jubilation in Omoku, headquarters of ONELGA, when the news filtered in that Waney, was among the persons that were killed. But it was later told that the gang leader had fallen into a river after he was shot.

The security raid followed the killing of three members of ONELGA local vigilance known as Security Planning and Advisory Committee (OSPAC) recently.

The outfit was set up by the authority of the local government council to assist in tackling insecurity in the area.

Gunmen had on Saturday night invaded Okposi and Omoku communities and killed the three OSPAC members and another individual, causing panic in the area.

Waney and his gang, who had surrendered their arms to the state government, last year, during the state amnesty programme, were accused of masterminding the killings and were allegedly mobilising to lunch attacks in different communities of the LGA before the clamp down by the joint force.

It was learned that the group had allegedly resolved to destabilize the security formation put in place by the Caretaker committee Chairman of ONELGA, Osi Olisa, in order to resume their activities.

It was further gathered that while the hoodlums were on with their plans, security operatives including, the police, army, Department of State Security, DSS, Joint Military Task Force (JTF) and OSPAC, stormed their camp and allegedly killed a number of persons.

When contacted on the alleged killing of Waney, the Public Relations Officer of Rivers State Police Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said the information on the incident was sketchy, adding that a formal statement would be released when details were gathered.

Meanwhile, the Caretaker Committee Chairman ONELGA, Olisa, has assured that the security of the LGA could not be compromised, adding that efforts would continue to build a formidable security structure in the area.

More Die At The Hands Of Miltants As Ogun Is Invaded

Three policemen and four residents of waterside local government area of Ogun state have been reportedly killed by suspected militants.

According to news reports, the police officers lost their lives while trying to secure the release of an abducted Chinese expatriate.

A resident was said to have been hit by a stray bullet when the police officers engaged in a shootout with the suspects.

The gang also struck at the residence of a businessman identified as Rafiu Daramola, carting away N4.7 million.

Three residents were reportedly shot dead before they left the area.

 

Abimbola Oyeyemi, a spokesperson of the Ogun state police command, confirmed the killing, saying a suspected was arrested and the vehicle used by the suspects was recovered.

“They invaded the businessman’s house, but our policemen were able to repel them. At the end of the encounter, we arrested one of the suspects, while their operational vehicle was recovered,” Oyeyemi said.

“The suspect is helping with the investigation. The state commissioner of police, Ahmad Iliyasu, has deployed some special units of the police, including men from the Federal SARS, mobile police force, anti-kidnapping unit, and other conventional policemen, in the scene to ensure the security of lives and property.”

Source: The Cable

 

Police Warns Ikorodu Monarchs

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni, has warned traditional rulers in Ikorodu area against harbouring criminals who were unleashing terror on their subjects.

Owoseni gave the warning on Sunday during an interactive meeting with traditional rulers in Ikorodu over the incessant violent crimes by suspected militants in the area.

The police boss expressed sadness over incessant kidnapping, pipeline vandalism, robbery, cultism and killings of innocent persons in the area.

Four police men, an army captain and a civilian were on killed by suspected militants in Isawo area of Ikorodu on April 9.

Owoseni told the royal fathers that the police would no longer tolerate people being killed and maimed under the watchful eyes of traditional rulers.

He urged the traditional rulers to join hands with the police so that hoodlums would have no place to hide or operate in their domains.

Owoseni accused some chiefs in the area of collaborating with criminals to unleash terror on residents.

“There are Baales (village heads) that are informants and sponsors of criminals in this area.

“They allowed militants to build houses harbouring criminals in the creeks.

“I want the royal fathers to call their chiefs to order.

“This meeting is convened to tell them that we will no longer tolerate silent conspiracy.

“Traditional rulers cannot tell me they don’t know who is who in their domain; all communities are advised to organise their local vigilantes,’’ Owoseni said.

According to him, most kidnappings, killings and other violent crimes in Lagos State takes place in Ikorodu area and urged community to be part of the security management.

“In the community, there are hunters and farmers; they can’t say they don’t know criminals in their communities.

“There is conspiracy of silence on criminal activities and this conspiracy must stop.

“Traditional rulers and religious leaders must unmask the criminals in their communities.

“We have begun operations at Isawo; we need intelligence reports from the traditional rulers.

“Killing for rituals must stop and with your support, we can stop those killings.

“Let us take ownership of our areas and expose the hoodlums amongst you.

“Some of the Baales and chiefs supply foods to these militants; many of them are spies to these vandals and militants,’’ said the police commissioner.

Responding, the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Adewale Shotobi, assured that the traditional institution would partner with security operatives in curbing crimes in the area.

Shotobi said that the royal fathers were investigating the recent killings and other crimes in Ikorodu area so as to expose the hoodlums.

Also speaking, Oba Ajibade Agoro of Imota, noted that increasing crime in the area was due to massive urban-rural migration.

“No traditional ruler would be happy for his community to be known for criminality during his reign.

“Cultism is our problem in Imota. A few days ago, someone was shot while another person was also shot yesterday.

“Our challenge is that when we give information and the police arrest these criminals, after few weeks, the suspects are released,’’ Agoro said.

Source: NAN

Army Captain, Four Policemen Killed By Militants

An army Captain, identified as Muhammed, four policemen, and a civilian lost their lives on Sunday after suspected militants attacked Ishawo, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

It was gathered that a combined team of the police and military had already been deployed in the area in a bid to apprehend the perpetrators of the crime. It was gathered that the militants had first attacked a funeral in Makun-Omi, Ogun State, on Saturday, disrupting the burial of a monarch.

A police source told our correspondent that the Captain and the policemen had responded to a distress call after the militants kidnapped some residents on Woodland Estate, close to the Ishawo creeks.

He explained that the operatives, after rescuing the victims, were leaving the area when they were ambushed by the militants.

He said, “The incident happened on Sunday. The security agents were called  and they were able to rescue the victims. As they were leaving the place, the militants surfaced from a hideout and shot them dead.

“After that, the gunmen burnt their patrol vehicle. The policemen were from the anti-kidnapping unit of the Lagos State Police Command.”

A resident, who did not want to be identified, explained that the militants had attacked the community in reprisal for the killing of one of their members in Opeoluwa community.

FG Busts Firm Supplying Militants With Explosives

The Federal Government has uncovered a firm which supplies militants the explosives with which they have been bombing oil installations in the Niger Delta.
The firm was said to have diverted 9,000 kilogrammes of nitro-glycerine explosives and 16,420 pieces of detonators to the militants for “illegal use”.
National Security Adviser (NSA) Maj.-Gen. Muhammed Babagana Monguno yesterday said investigation revealed that the explosives allegedly diverted by Nigerian Development and Construction Company (NDCC) based in Koko, Delta State, were being used by militants to bomb oil installations and facilities.
According to him, an inventory of the records of explosive magazines and quarries in the region, revealed the diversion of a large quantity of explosives and pieces of detonators.
NDCC, an importer and seller of explosives, has been sealed off, and its explosive’s licence withdrawn.
The company has also been blacklisted.
Six people – a store officer and five security operatives – have been arrested and are being interrogated, Gen. Monguno said.
He added: “Right now investigations have been conducted and I can assure you they are deeply culpable and appropriate actions will be taken. Let me once again reiterate that any individual or company that operates outside the confines of legitimacy and legality will find himself or itself to blame. I also want to add that the government of the day will not listen to any influence peddler in the society on behalf of any company that decides to sabotage national security.”
Further explaining the development, Minister of Solid Minerals Development Dr Kayode Fayemi, in a statement by his media aide, Yinka Oyebode, said: “This is in addition to the blacklisting of the company and withdrawal of its explosive licences.
“The development is sequel to investigations by the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), which revealed that the company was involved in illegal diversion of about 9,000 kg of Nitro-glycerine explosives and 16,420 pieces of electrical detonators from its magazines between 2015 and 2016.”
The minister warned of manufacturers, importers, sellers and end users of explosives in the country to desist from unprofessional sale, procurement, storage and use of explosives in line with the provisions of the Explosives Act of 1964 , the Explosives Regulations of 1967 and other extant policy directives.
The NSA also accused two companies – Notore Chemical Industry Limited and Indorama Eleme Fertiliser and Chemicals – which were granted the exclusive rights to manufacture fertiliser for local consumption, of exporting the bulk of their products.
The firms granted the licence after the Federal Government banned the importation of fertilisers following discovery that certain grades of fertilisers were being used to manufacture the Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) employed by terrorists.
Gen. Monguno said the ONSA and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development also facilitated necessary importation of raw materials and ensured secured distribution networks with the objective of solving a national security problem and boosting local production of the product thereby boosting the economy.
He said the cumulative annual production of the two companies is estimated at 2.05 million metric tons while the estimated national consumption rate is 1.1 million metric tons leaving the companies with a cumulative export value of about 47 percent.
Gen. Monguno said: “However, the Office of the National Security Adviser has observed with total dismay, some unpatriotic act and abuse of the goodwill of the government. Reports of these companies have indicated that about 71 per cent of the 2.05 million metric tons cumulative annual production is being exported to the detriment of our national economy.
“This has resulted in a spike in the price of urea-based fertilisers in Nigeria with obvious implications on food security in the country.
“In view of the foregoing, I wish to categorically state that the government will continue to adhere to the rule of law, however, it must be noted that the rule of law is not akin to anarchy. Accordingly, this office will not hesitate to close and withdraw the operating licence of any company that exports products without first meeting local consumption. This office and the Ministry will work to put in place measures to assess production and determine exportable quantity by the respective companies.”
Monguno, who was joined by Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri and other top officials of the ONSA, noted that due to the unpatriotic acts of the companies, local farmers are suffering lack of fertilisers.
“ I must state that the goodwill shown by the government of this country will not be taken for granted, the fact that we are in a difficult situation in terms of economy and security does not mean that companies and anybody with vested interest should take the government for granted. The president came to power with specific mandate which is clear to all Nigerians and the international community. We will view with very serious consequences, whatever any company does to fall out of line and behave in a manner that will ruin the economy and the security of this country,” he said.
The Head of Sales, Notore Chemicals Industry, Mr. Oscar Okpe, who declined to comment on the allegations, however said the company is committed to equitable distribution of fertilisers in the country. In a telephone interview, Okpe said the company was putting fertilisers in the market and farmers would soon begin to access the products.
However, Indorama Eleme Fertiliser and Chemicals said a statement would be issued on the matter later.

FG Has Agreed To Release Kanu, Okah Brothers Towards End Of Hostilities – MEND

THE Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said on Saturday that it had reached an agreement with the Federal Government for the conditional release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, and former MEND leader, Henry Okah.

The militant group in the Niger Delta disclosed that the Federal Government also agreed that Okah’s younger brother, Charles, and Obi Nwabueze would be granted conditional freedom.

MEND in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, said the agreement was reached after the Aaron Team representatives from Abia and Imo States, Senator Adolphus Wabara, made a proposal for their freedom.

The condition given by the Federal Government was that Kanu and his cohorts would renounce the agitation for the Republic of Biafra.

The statement read, “Thus far, the deliberations have been fruitful. Various concessions and guarantees have already been secured; some of which include, but are not limited to: release of Henry Okah, Charles Okah, and Obi Nwabueze, review of the life sentence handed to Mr. Edmund Ebiware based on a proposal put forward by the Aaron Team representative for Abia and Imo states, Senator Adolphus Wabara, conditional release of IPOB Leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu and others if they renounce their agitation for a ‘Biafra Republic.’

“That Mr. Government Ekpemupolo shall not be arrested, harassed and/or intimidated whenever he makes himself available as a delegate of the MEND Aaron Team 2; that international arbitrator and conflict negotiator, American Dr. Judith Asuni, shall be accepted as the representative of the Niger Delta Avengers on the MEND Aaron Team.

“That the criminal charges against Urhobo freedom fighter, Mr. Kelvin Prosper Oniarah, shall be reviewed; that the life sentence, which was handed to seven soldiers in 2008, who actively supported the Niger Delta struggle be reviewed under the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

“The affected persons are: Major Suleiman Akubo; Sgt Mathias Peter; L.Cpl Alexander Davou; L.Cpl Moses Nwaigwe, L.Cpl Nnandi Anene; L.Cpl Taatihi Emmanuel; and Caleb Bawa.”

The militant group noted that one of the most immediate fallouts of the ongoing dialogue was that the Federal Government and MEND should jointly and separately take proactive steps to rescue and secure the region in the event that the Niger Delta Avengers continued with their “senseless and politically-motivated” path of attacks on the country’s oil assets.

MEND added, “To this end, both parties agreed that the Special Forces of the Nigerian Army should commence the purely routine, but strategic military exercise code-named ‘Operation Crocodile Tears’ while MEND would commence a meet-the-Government-Actors-and-People tour of the Niger Delta region code-named ‘Operation Moses.’”

Meanwhile, the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said that all issues relating to negotiation were political and being handled by the political leadership of the country.

He stated however that any step that would bring peace to the area was welcome.

He stressed that the military would continue to maintain its presence not only in the Niger Delta but also in other threatened spots in the country.

He said, “The ongoing negotiation is clearly a political issue. The military would continue to maintain total presence in any security-threatened location, not only in the Niger Delta.

“And that is what we are doing in any other area with security issues like the North East and North Central.

“Anything that would bring peace is a welcome development. Negotiation is completely a political solution by our political leaders, it doesn’t involve us.

“However, the military would continue to maintain a high level of presence to ensure that security of lives of properties are maintained.”

Niger Delta Avengers Claim Destruction Of Five Oil Facilities In Delta

The militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (DNA), at the weekend said it launched five attacks on the nation’s oil and gas facilities in the Warri creeks in the last three days.

NDA, in a series of tweets, claimed to have attacked critical facilities in three locations in Warri Southwest Local Government Area of Delta State.But the claim has not been independently confirmed.

Efforts to get security and industry confirmations on the alleged attacks did not yield results, although community sources confirmed the attacks.

In its tweet, NDA claimed to have destroyed a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) crude pipeline in an unidentified location on Friday night; two major crude oil trunk lines belonging to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), near Batan, on Saturday night and two major oil wells belonging to Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) near Abiteye, on Sunday morning.

It said: “At 9:15p.m on Friday, the @NDAvengers blew up Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) crude oil trunk line to Warri Refinery.
“At 11:26 p.m on Saturday, @NDAvengers blew up two NPDC major crude trunk lines close to Batan flow station in Delta State.
“At 1:15 a.m on Sunday, @NDAvengers blew up two major Chevron oil wells – Well 7 and Well 8, close to Abiteye flow station in Delta State.
“All five operations were carried out by @ndavengers strike team. Well done, soldiers.”

Confirming the attacks, a community leader at Kokodiagbene in Warri Southwest Local Government Area, who is also an environmental activist, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, said he had confirmed the attacks from community sources.

The activist said the location of the NNPC trunk line attack had not been confirmed.
Mulade said: “The one that happened yesterday (Saturday) was at Dibi flow station; that’s not exactly Abiteye, but behind it. It affects the Chevron Dibi flow station and the NNPC trunk line to the Warri Refinery. We have confirmed the one at Dibi, but we are yet to confirm the one at the trunk line. That’s the confirmation we are waiting for.

“We have not been able to confirm the attack on the NNPC trunk line to Warri Refinery, but it is around the Batan Chanomi Creek axis. We are yet to know the exact area.”
Also, a police report, which our reporter accessed in Warri last night, confirmed the twin attacks on the Chevron Oil Wells 7 and 8 at Abiteye.

It reads: “At about 0110 hours (1.10 a.m) and 0115 hours (1.15 am), Chevron Oil Wells 7 and 8 were blown up at Abiteye flow station. Chevron’s Chief Security Officer (CSO), who was on ground at the location, claimed that the twin explosions occurred at about 5 minutes intervals. The bombed oil wells are a little distant from the Abiteye flow station. Chevron has reported a drop in pressure from the crude oil pipeline at Abiteye.”

FG Raises Committee To Dialogue With Niger Delta Militants

The Federal Government on Monday night announced that it has set up a committee to negotiate with the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, that has been involved in the destruction of oil installations in the Niger Delta region.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who said this in Abuja, explained that the move was aimed at halting the deadly attacks which had made Nigeria’s oil production plummet to 1.5 million barrels per day.

According to him, the team that will engage the militants will be coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser.

He said other members of the team included himself, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru as well as selected leaders, kings and influential individuals from the Niger Delta.

Kachikwu said, “The President has appointed a team led by the NSA and I serve in one of those, to begin the process of a very intensive dialogue with those caught in the middle of this. I am sure that in the ensuing one week the intensity of that dialogue will wrap up.

“The NSA is going to be working with the various arms of the armed forces to descale the intensity of military intervention in the area within a week or two so that dialogue can take place. We are making contacts with everybody who is involved, the ones that we can identify, through them, the ones that we can’t identify so that there is a lot more inclusiveness in this dialogue. Our prayer is that this works so that we resort to dialogue rather than use of force.”

On the loss recorded as a result of the attacks by the Niger Delta Avengers, Kachikwu said, “Over the last two months, we have probably lost about 600,000 barrels from various attacks of militants in the area. In terms of production, we are roughly at about 1.5 million to 1.6 million barrels a day, down from 2.2mbd which is the basis of this year’s budget and if peace reigns, obviously between now and August we will be able to recover substantial portion of this production so that the budget doesn’t suffer.”

Militants Plan To Derail Buhari’s Government – MEND

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has described the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), as a tool designed to destabilise the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

The MEND also dissociated the Niger Delta region from the secessionist call by the Independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), saying it believed in a unified and truly federated Nigerian state.

The group, in a statement circulated by its spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, restated is opposition to the continued running of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), noting that it was a signature of the corruption of the past administration, which has no intention or capacity to bring a sustainable answer to the recurring Niger Delta question.

MEND, which hinged its support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration on the need to allow it time stabilise the nation, which it said had suffered continued abuse for years, however said the president should see to the freeing of its incarcerated leader, Henry Okah and his brother, Charles Okah.

According to the group, this is key to a genuine dialogue that would bring peace to the Niger Delta.

The MEND statement said: “After a rigorous and robust analysis, debate and review of political events in Nigeria within the past 12 months; particularly as they affect the Niger Delta region, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has resolved to continue to respect the unilateral ceasefire of hostilities declared May 30, 2014 against key economic interests of the Nigerian State.

“The painful but necessary resolution to respect the ceasefire was borne out of MEND’s belief that as President Muhammadu Buhari marks his first year in office, he deserves more time to stabilize the country that was ran aground by the ill-fated, corrupt and visionless immediate past administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan which pauperized the Nigerian people to the alarming degree we all experience today.

“The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) wishes to condemn and dissociate itself from the recent activities carried out by a group known as the “Niger Delta Avengers”. Their sudden emergence has absolutely nothing to do with the Niger Delta struggle but rather a tool by certain elements to destabilise the current government. Going by their actions and subsequent statements, it has become very apparent on who the sponsors of these group are.

“MEND serves notice to the International Community that the Niger Delta region shall NOT be part of a secessionist Biafran State. Rather, the group believes in one strong united Nigerian federation where the principles and ideals of Resource Control; True Federalism; Rule of Law/Respect for Human Rights; Democracy; Free Enterprise and a Vibrant Civil Society are well entrenched in the grundnorm and put to practice.

“However, The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) remains vehemently opposed to the fraudulent and unsustainable Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) headed by Brigadier General Paul Boroh (rtd) which still runs on the corrupt bureaucratic and operational template of the past administration. We have always made it very clear that unless the root issues which gave birth to the agitations in the Niger Delta region are addressed, in the form of a sincere dialogue, this programme will only continue to remain a mere cesspool of corruption.

Suspected Militants Blow Up Crude Trunkline In Delta

Suspected Niger Delta militants in the early hours of Friday blew up another section of an NNPC gas trunkline behind salvation city near Ogbe-Ijoh in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.

It was gathered that the incident happened at about 2 am on Friday.

Community sources told our correspondent that the suspected militants used dynamites and explosives to carry out the attack.

Although, details of the attack was still sketchy, an official of the Delta State government who asked not to be named described the attack as a major blow to gas production and by implication, power generation in the country.

The incident was confirmed by a monarch in one of the communities in the area who stated that houses in his area were shaken as a result of the blast.

Although, a military source around the area confirmed the incident, the spokesman of the Joint Task Force in the region, Isa Ado, could not be reached for comment.

He did not answer calls to his mobile phone and did not reply a text message seeking comment.

However the new militants group, the Niger Delta Avengers, have gone underground since five of its suspected members were allegedly nabbed by the military joint force in the Niger Delta region last week.

Military Confirms Death Of Three Soldiers In Exchange With Militants

The Joint Military Force deployed to protect oil facilities in the Niger Delta on Tuesday confirmed that three soldiers were killed in a gun duel with pirates and militants. Col. Isa Ado, Spokesman of the force, codenamed, “Operation Pulo Shield’, told newsmen in a telephone interview that the incident occurred on Monday night.

Ado said that the shooting took place in Foropa, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa, where troops had been stationed since 2010. He said that the military patrol team was attacked by a combined team of suspected militants and sea pirates, but that the team fought gallantly to ward off the attack.

“The location came under fierce attack and three of our soldiers, who were hit by bullets, died on their way to the hospital. “There were so many casualties on the side of the militants, but we cannot precisely know the number.

“The morale of the troops remains high and the sacrifices of these soldiers shall never be in vain; we remain resolute in our determination to stamp out oil theft and illegalities in the Niger Delta region. “These soldiers gave their lives for peace in the Niger Delta,” Ado said.