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Following threats by Adaka Boro Avengers to declare an independent State of Niger Delta, the Nigerian military mobilized troops around the region.

Adaka Boro Avengers called of their planned declaration on grounds that prominent Ijaw leaders persuaded them to do so.

In response, several military commanders and base heads converged in Bayelsa to discuss the issue.

JTF Commander of the region, Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie, said that the military is committed to maintaining the indivisibility of Nigeria.

Okojie also explained that the strategic meeting was due to threats by “The Adaka Boro Avengers had to pronounce the Niger Delta a self-governing republic on August 1.

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“They later aborted the plan, citing several calls from ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Edwin Clark, traditional rulers and activists as reasons for deferring the plan.

“All I want to say is that the Federal Republic of Nigeria belongs to all of us.

“The armed forces can move anywhere at any time.

“ODS covers the whole of Niger Delta maritime area.

“We are always careful with the way we carry out our assignment here.

“The welfare and safety of our officers are paramount and so no such incident can occur here.

“So, if you see heavy presence in a village or town, it’s just the routine patrol we are carrying out.

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“It is just the presence, and we have the right to be present there.

“At least nobody has complained of molestation.

“It’s also about the information passed round recently about some faceless individuals creating certain republics for themselves.

“This will not be allowed to happen,” Okojie assured said.

“We are performing our normal duties, not listening to rumors.

“We assure the public to go about their duties without fear,” he added.

Okojie explained that the conference was also to intimate the various sector heads of the new focus of the military operations in the area.