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L-R: Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas, Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Deputy Governor Ipalibo Banigo and Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai after a meeting at Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday.

Wike to Army Chiefs: We will help you fish out militants

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has declared that nobody will be shielded from the military operations against militants sabotaging the nation’s economy.

He stated that all Niger Delta governors opposed the use of violence to settle grievances, pointing out, that the governors are billed to meet with the Vice President on 7 June 2016 to discuss and proffer solutions to the security situation in the region.

Speaking on Monday at the Government House, Port Harcourt when he received the country’s military high command led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, Governor Wike said: “What’s happening affects our state revenue. We shall help the military to fish out militants blowing up oil pipelines in the region ”

The Chief of Defence Staff was accompanied by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar.

The governor said that the State Government is worried about the resurgence of militancy in the Niger-Delta as it negatively affects development in the area.

He said: “As a government, we cannot support economic sabotage. What is going on is economic sabotage. Production is being negatively affected, with the revenue of states dwindling .

“There are ways to channel grievances and it is wrong to do what will negatively affect the people of the region”.

He assured the military high command that the government and people of Rivers State will support efforts to secure the area.

While commending the military for the sacrifice they have made in providing security in most parts of the state, he urged them to work towards improving security in Ahoada East, Ahoada West, Abua/Odual and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Areas of the state.

Earlier, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin said the recent resurgence of militancy in the Niger-Delta is of serious concern to the military.

“Recent activities of the militants have led to the sabotage of oil and gas infrastructure”, he said.

He said economy of the nation is threatened by the resurgent militancy, hence the need to stop the insecurity in the region.

General Olonisakin urged the Rivers State Governor to reach out to his colleagues in the Niger Delta to resolve the conflicts in the area.

He said that the military high command was in the region to interface with the leadership of Operation Pulio Shield and other service commanders on how to put an end to criminality in the region and protect the nation’s economy from total collapse.

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89 comments

  1. I will also help you to fish them out

  2. What do there want in d first case?

  3. Taaaah!!! If u hear!….which northern governor has helped us fish out the killer herdsmen?

  4. Guys, watch your backs, this Wike is not to be trusted at all, be mindful of ambush o. he is one of d enemies of this adminstration..

  5. yes tell them what they want to hear,to make them look gud.we all knw dat d terrain is even beyond 5million of u..

  6. Which notharn governor has helped u fish out boko haram ,

  7. Wike,will help military to fish out militant,is accepted

  8. How many Northern Governors, hv come out in the open to condemned the activities if boko haram & that of their counterpart, the Fulani’s herdsmen, rather it was Buhari that said that an attack on boko haram, is an attack on the Hausa’s.. Gej made so many mistakes , of which letting such unpatriotic comment like dat untouched is one of them….

    • That is our problem in the South, we’re not united and so don’t speak with one voice……. Tell me now, who told dis man to say all these rubbish he just vommited? In the South, everybody is a king, nobody controls anybody……. We’re always faster dan our shadows!

    • That has always being d case we r facing… Eye service statement, kudos to fayose he will never make such blasphemous statement..

    • Wailer! We’ll crush you biafrauds after we finish with those idiot militants like the way we did to your created boko haram. Idiot

    • And you chidiebere so do you think we don’t know your evil plans against this administration? Hmmmm Buhari is too wise to you hypocrites. And remember all the shegantaka when he was in military knew them ooo. So you can’t sabotage his administration you idiotic elements.

  9. Hmmmmm. .nobi small thing oh…

  10. Indirectly saying he will help you to go and die