Missile launch showdown thickens in Niger Delta

The entire security apparatus are counting down to a showdown as the deadline set to launch missile(s) by the new militant group, Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force’s (JNDLF), expires tomorrow.

Already, the Nigerian Airforce says it has installed surplus platforms, including fighter aircrafts, helicopter gunship and surveillance aircraft to augment its ability to undertake offensive air operations and intelligence gathering.

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Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadiq, made NAFs position known in Adamawa State when he commissioned some NAFs projects in Yola, the Capital of Adamawa State.

According to Abubakar, “Until we ensure the protection of every inch of the country’s territory and infrastructure, we will not rest.”

Checks by this media house revealed that all is not well with various factions of the militant groups. IN particular, Niger Delta Avengers have pledged for restraint in the launch of missiles and killing of Military personnel.

According to Niger Delta Avengers, “We will not start any fight with the Nigerian Army. But when it is time to engage the military in combat the whole world will know they started the war, not the Avengers.”

In response, the Nigerian Airforce says it has increased operations around critical infrastructure in Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.

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“These include but not limited to Escravos, Forcados in Delta State; Bonga oil field, Agbami offshore and Brass in Bayelsa; Bonny in Rivers; Qua Iboe Termi­nal in Akwa Ibom State and Opuekeba in Ondo State,” NAF said.

The deployment to Niger Delta according to the NAF chief was in support of the military operations code named “OPERA­TION PULO SHIELD” against militancy, economic sabotage and all forms of crimi­nalities in the South-south region of the country, sunnews reports.