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    IGP: Dialogue with bandits not new — we did with Niger Delta militants

IGP: Dialogue with bandits not new — we did with Niger Delta militants

Mohammed Adamu, the inspector-general of police, says Katsina state’s amnesty programme for bandits is not new because "such negotiations will bring peace". He said the federal government also granted amnesty to Niger Delta militants in the past.The IGP further said the security situation in the country has improved compared to the two quarters ago, maintaining that banditry and kidnapping have reduced. He was briefing state [...]

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    Quit notice: Yoruba must be safe in Niger Delta, OPC warns

Quit notice: Yoruba must be safe in Niger Delta, OPC warns

The Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) has urged Niger Delta leaders to call militants in the region to order over the quit notice issued to the Yoruba in the area.The militants under the aegis of Niger Delta Agitators (NDA) had asked the Yoruba and the Hausa resident in the region to vacate on or before October 1.In a statement issued on [...]

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    Ignore quit notice issued by militants, PANDEF tells Hausa, Yoruba in Niger Delta

Ignore quit notice issued by militants, PANDEF tells Hausa, Yoruba in Niger Delta

The Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) on Sunday condemned the quit notice issued to the Hausa and Yoruba in the Niger Delta by militants, saying it should be ignored.On Thursday, leaders of the coalition of Niger Delta Agitators (NDA) had asked the two ethnic groups to leave the oil-rich region on or before October 1.They had also resolved to resume attacks [...]

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    Northerners should leave Niger Delta before Oct 1, militants react to Igbo quit notice

Northerners should leave Niger Delta before Oct 1, militants react to Igbo quit notice

Niger Delta militants have issued an October 1 ultimatum for northerners to leave their region, in response to the quit notice given to the Igbo by some Arewa youth groups.The militants also said the federal government should hand over all oil blocs controlled by northerners to the people of Niger Delta.In a joint statement released on Friday, the coalition of Niger Delta [...]

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    Obasanjo: We failed to tame Boko Haram until it became a monster

Obasanjo: We failed to tame Boko Haram until it became a monster

Olusegun Obasanjo, former president, on Wednesday, said the Boko Haram insurgency was not adequately addressed right from its infancy stage.Obasanjo said violent extremism often festers as a result of indifference on the part of constituted authority.He said this on Wednesday at a workshop on the prevention of violent extremism in Abuja.He noted that Niger Delta militants were once regular people [...]

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    Fashola says lack of gas, sabotage behind poor power supply

Fashola says lack of gas, sabotage behind poor power supply

Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, says the insufficient availability of gas has made it difficult to fuel power plants, hence the erratic supply of electricity to Nigerians.Fashola said gas suppliers haven't been "fully paid" as a result of liquidity problems and also noted that pipeline sabotage by Niger Delta militants had greatly affected power output.The minister made this known on [...]

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Clashes between security agents, militants increased after Buhari’s threat, says former governor

Abubakar Dangiwa Umar, a former military governor of Kaduna state says clashes between security agents and the militants increased after President Muhammadu Buhari threatened to deal with them.In a statement on Tuesday, Umar also advised Buhari that the use of military force to solve the Niger Delta militants crisis was not a good option and should be discarded.“All factors considered [...]

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    Troops ‘kill’ 5 Niger Delta militants

Troops ‘kill’ 5 Niger Delta militants

The Nigerian army says troops of the 133 special forces have killed five militants and arrested 23 others in an operation in the Niger Delta.According to a statement by Sani Usman, acting director, army public relations, this happened when the troops carried out precursor operation to exercise 'Crocodile Smile' in Rivers."The operation, which was conducted on August 26, 2016, was carried out [...]

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    Soyinka: Militants feel Buhari is not taking them seriously

Soyinka: Militants feel Buhari is not taking them seriously

Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate, has said Niger Delta militants aren't convinved the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government is responding to them with a great degree of seriousness.The literary icon noted that he was personally approached by some of the militant groups, hence his appeal for a positive response to their demands.Soyinka made this known on Thursday while holding press conference to speak [...]

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    5 security operatives arrested for ‘supplying’ explosives to militants

5 security operatives arrested for ‘supplying’ explosives to militants

Babagana Monguno, national security adviser (NSA), says five security operatives have been arrested for allegedly supplying explosives to Niger Delta militants.Monguno said this at a news conference on Thursday.He said that his office had conducted an audit of explosive magazines and quarries in the Niger Delta region, and it discovered that some of the substance was diverted for illegal use.“Let [...]

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    Don’t use force on militants, how many people will you fight? Gani Adams asks Buhari

Don’t use force on militants, how many people will you fight? Gani Adams asks Buhari

Gani Adams, leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), says the use of force in the Niger Delta  region  can not stop attacks on oil assets.In an interview with PUNCH, Adams advised the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to negotiate with militants based on restructuring.He said but for the fact that the Niger Delta is endowed with oil, Buhari would [...]

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    Soldiers shoot sporadically in Delta community

Soldiers shoot sporadically in Delta community

Soldiers, at about 1:52 am, stormed Oporoza community in Delta state and started shooting sporadically, causing mayhem and leaving residents to scamper for safety.The soldiers, the Vanguard is reporting, allegedly came in search of ex-militant, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo and the Niger-Delta Avengers in Oporoza community, said to be the traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu kingdom, Warri south-west local government area, Delta [...]

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    DHQ threatens to crush Niger Delta militants

DHQ threatens to crush Niger Delta militants

The defence headquarters (DHQ) has vowed to deal decisively with militants in the Niger Delta.Rabe Abubakar, defence spokesman, said this in statement issued on Tuesday.Abubakar said the militants were threatening the economic lifeline of the country, and the military would not hesitate to do all within its powers to "crush" them.“The defence headquarters (DHQ) is not unaware of the emergence of [...]

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    In memoriam: 5 things to remember Yar’Adua for

In memoriam: 5 things to remember Yar’Adua for

He seems gone and forgotten, but before former President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua died in May 2010, he had introduced some ideas into leadership that got us talking. We can argue over the importance of these gestures, but they were good ideas all the same.  Servant Leader. “The Servant Leader is Here.” That was the catch line from Alhaji Umaru Musa [...]

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