Col Abubakar RabeThe Nigerian military authorities have vowed to go all out and face the Niger Delta Militants who they said are nothing but criminals and would be so treated.

Responding to what he called increasing dangerous activities of the militants in recent times, the  Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar said that the military is set to respond appropriately and decisively to the Delta militants who have blown up major economic facilities in the nation’s maritime areas in recent times.

Describing the recent attacks by the militants as unpatriotic and callous activities of the criminal gang, the army spokesman said that the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) is aware of increased militant activities and promised that the military response will be both holistic and professional.

He vowed that the security forces will leave no stone unturned to apprehend the perpetrators, adding: “this is no doubt a criminal activity and they will be treated as such at an appropriate time. The whole world is seeing the callous and unpatriotic activities of this gang. Our response will be holistic and professional, which will come at an appropriate time.

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“The military and other security agencies will ensure the apprehension of these criminals and leave no stone unturned in this direction, in compliance with the directive (by President Muhammadu Buhari.”

General Abubakar called on the community leaders, oil companies and innocent individuals to go about their legitimate endeavour as military and other security agencies have the capability to respond appropriately and guard the nation’s strategic assets and other platforms. [myad]