The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has described the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, as criminals, urging Nigerians to expose them.
The group has claimed responsibility for the recent attacks on pipelines and other oil installations in the Niger Delta region.
Buratai stated this in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Monday, May 23, after the inauguration of soldiers’ accommodation and 500 KVA generator, donated by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) described the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, as criminals.
“Whatever these criminals (Niger Delta Avengers) are doing is a criminal act. We will deal with them accordingly,” he said.
“We are looking at all the areas that we should address and we are doing that, including the criminals in the name of Niger Delta Avengers. They are not avenging anything. They are criminals.
“Nobody has offended them. They have their own criminal intentions and we will deal with them accordingly.
“They have been attacking our troops’ locations and killing our soldiers. We will not tolerate that. We will deal with them accordingly, according to the law.
“We will look for them wherever they are. That is how we will treat them. They are not agitating for any enclave or any state.
“They are just committing criminal acts. That is how we see it.”
Buratai was flanked at the event by the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 82 Division, Enugu, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and the Commander of 2 Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Steve Olabanji; among other top army officers.