Criminals operating in the oil rich southern Nigeria’s Niger Delta region have been warned to refrain from testing the will of the Armed Forces. wpid-suspectedcriminals.jpg
Otherwise the criminals would face unpleasant consequences, Nigeria’s Chief of Defense Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, said in southern state of Bayelya on Friday.
Badeh, who was in the state to launch permanent site of the Headquarters of Joint Task Force (JTF), said the military was now better positioned to protect the region.
According to him, 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 told his audience that the Navy had recently acquired weapons to patrol and secure the territorial waters, adding that the JTF had also received additional equipment for land and waterways patrols.
Armed attacks in the oil rich region, which accounts for almost all of Nigeria’s oil output, have cut more than 20 percent of the country’s crude exports since 2006.
The unrest in the region has forced many international firms operating there to flee the area, resulting in greater governmental concern over the area and the mobilization of the Nigerian army and coast guard into the region.
More than 300 foreigners have been seized in the Niger Delta since 2006. Though almost all have been released unharmed, the international investors have said they would not increase their investment in the area. Enditem

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