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Nigerian Army to deploy 10,000 soldiers in Niger Delta

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said the Federal Government will deploy 10,000 troops in the Niger Delta in 2017.


He said so far, the government had deployed 3,000 military personnel as part of its operation, codenamed, ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ in the region.

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Buratai stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, at the Government House, Yenagoa on Thursday.

The Army chief said his visit was part of the OCS operations.

He said, “The army has deployed about 3,000 officers and men, as well as equipment for the exercise.

“The number of personnel will be increased to 10,000 by next year.”

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.

The COAS explained that the military had also been engaged in promoting civil, military relationship in the areas of medical outreach to citizens, road maintenance and education.

He added that the military took its rules of engagement seriously, even during conflicts.

Buratai assured the communities in the Niger Delta that the ongoing military exercise was designed to protect them.

He told the communities to remain calm, noting that troops involved in the exercise understood the rules of engagement and would strictly adhere to them.

In his remarks, Dickson appreciated the military for their selflessness in discharging their duties.

The governor also commiserated with them over the death of some soldiers in a boat mishap that occurred in the state.

He, however, urged them to adopt dialogue as a means of fighting criminality in the region.

Also, the Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe, said there was no iota of truth in a report that soldiers invaded Peremabiri community in the Southern Ijaw, Bayelsa State.

The outfit said the report that soldiers destroyed buildings and carted away cash and valuables was false and should be disregarded by members of the public.

8 Comments on Nigerian Army to deploy 10,000 soldiers in Niger Delta

  1. Burutai, when jungle matures, make sure your troops continues adhering to the Rules of engagement.
    Its easier said than done


  2. Waste of recession money

    No good will come out from it

    Militancy have come to stay since no job


  3. Another proof that Buhari lacks vision and wisdom


  4. Are they going to walk there or do we have enough diesel to transport them there. Nigerian security services are a joke. Last time we called the police when we received a visitation from “the boys” in our neighbourhood, the police said can we bring some diesel for them before they can come to our rescue.


  5. 10,000 troops, are they at war?


  6. Mindless government, the money being wasted on buying arms and sending 10,000 troops would it not be more wisely and effectively spent trying to achieve a peaceful resolution through honest engagement and dialogue…a soldier trained to kill and war will always a soldier be..Buhari is no democrat, he only understands force and coercion.


  7. Please reasonable Nigerians how many soldiers have been or will be deployed against Fulani terrorist herdsmen. President muhammadu Buhari and his people will not know peace. 10,000 troops to the Niger delta for what the over 10,000troops already their what is the positive contributions have they contributed apart from bribe they are collecting from motorists plying the roads. That idiot called buratai will always deny all the attrocities being commted by his troops in the Niger delta.


  8. common, what is the out come from the ones they deploy to borno, useless army


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