Why we deployed troops, equipment in Bayelsa —Military

The military, yesterday, said it deployed troops and equipment in Bayelsa State on Monday to forestall the threat of secession. A group known as the Adaka Boro Avengers had threatened to declare independence on Monday, but said it shelved the plan after the intervention of leaders including former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The joint military force responsible for security in the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe, said that it would however, remain “professional and civil” in dealing with security threats by militant groups in the area.

Joseph Okojie, a Rear Admiral and Commander of the joint operation, who said this in Yenagoa, added that the deployment of troops and equipment noticed on Monday at Kaiama in Bayelsa was part of normal operations to keep the region safe.

Credit: Vanguard