The Defence Headquarters has warned that the Niger Delta new militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, that the military would act decisively against any acts that constitute a threat to the nation’s existence.
The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said in a statement on Sunday that the military would not condone acts that could cause a breakdown of law and order in the society.
He urged individuals or groups “seeking relevance” to embrace the stipulations of the law and to avoid brigandage.
A new militant group in the oil-rich region, the Niger Delta Avengers, has claimed responsibility for the recent attacks on the SPDC platform at Forcados, the Chevron Okan platform at Abiteye in Escravos, and the pipelines transporting crude oil to the Warri and the Kaduna refineries.
He said in the statement, “The Defence Headquarters hereby warns that it will not condone any unwholesome acts by persons or group seeking to engage in acts that are capable of causing a breakdown of law and order in any part of the country.
“Citizens are advised to refrain from taking the laws into their hands and avoid actions that may cause a breach to harmonious co-existence.
“The DHQ also wishes to advise the general public to ignore inciting pictures, videos and statements posted on some social media platforms which are now confirmed to be the creation of Photoshop, with the intention of causing disharmony and divisions among different nationalities.”
He said the military and other security agencies were determined to sustain the tempo of operations against terrorists, oil thieves, cattle rustlers and other acts of criminality in the society.
The Defence spokesman advised law-abiding citizens to report suspicious persons and objects to the security operatives for immediate action.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government is set to unmask those behind the new militant group. A team of investigators is said to be on its way to the region to smoke out those responsible for the resurgence of oil and gas pipelines bombing.