Abuja - The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has revealed that 10 000 troops will be deployed in Niger Delta by 2017, Punch reports.
Buratai stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, at the Government House, Yenagoa on Thursday.
He said so far, the government had deployed 3 000 military personnel as part of its operation, codenamed, ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ in the region.
The Army chief said his visit was part of the OCS operations.
Buratai added that the exercise was aimed at training officers in marine combat operations “because the state is largely riverine and borders the Atlantic ocean and therefore prone to external aggression.”
He said the exercise was to also prepare the army against external and internal aggression.
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The chief negotiator of the ongoing talks between the federal government and the Niger Delta Avengers, Edwin Clark had earlier warned the Nigeria Army against jeopardising the current ceasefire declared by the militants according to New24.
Clark was appointed by the militants to negotiate with the federal government following months of blowing of oil and gas pipelines.
He said following the decision by the militants to halt hostilities in the Niger Delta region, it was necessary for the government to work for peace rather than launching a military operation.