Abuja - The military has declared war on the militants operating under the Niger Delta Avengers, New Telegraph reports.
The military said it declared war following the recent sustained attacks on oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta by the militants.
Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin, vowed that the military would go after the militants if they fail to stop the attacks on national assets.
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He said that the military was currently assessing the situation in the Niger Delta with a view to engaging stakeholders to maintain law and order in the region.
Suspected militants on Sunday blew up a crude pipeline belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), at Ikienghenbiri community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Nation reports.
The militants, led by some youths in the community, used dynamites to bomb the pipeline, causing heavy fire outbreak.
Sources in the community hinted that a supremacy war between rival pipeline contractors over surveillance contract led to the attack on the pipeline.
- News 24