The Defence Headquarters has promised to abide by efforts of the Federal Government to dialogue with militants but warned that attacks on military formations in the Niger Delta will be met with decisive actions.
A statement by its spokesman, Rabe Abubakar, reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Armed Forces to peaceful resolution of the Niger Delta problem.
Mr. Abubakar, a Brigadier General, said: “However, while trying to achieve this feat, the military would not take kindly with any individual or group taking military’s good gesture of adherence to ceasefire and peaceful disposition to the impasse for granted”.
“Otherwise military will respond proportionately to any armed attacks against its location in a decisive but professional manner in line with its constitutional mandate of defending innocent citizens as well as national critical infrastructure”, he added.
The Defence spokesman noted that the Armed Forces has the capacity to defend itself and made reference to the recent attack by militants, who he described as “misguided elements”, on a military location at Efut Esighi waterfront just in Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State, in which a soldier reportedly lost his life.
Brig.-Gen. Abubakar pointed out that the militants – Bakassi Strike Force – who carried out the attack “paid dearly for their evil act”, as the military trailed and killed seven of them.
The statement warned various belligerent groups in either the Niger Delta or any other part of the nation to desist from any act capable of jeopardizing peace and security of the country or they will regret the consequences of their evil action.
It stressed that the Armed Forces of Nigeria would continue to partner peace-minded groups and stakeholders to bring lasting peace in any security threatened areas or locations.