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.
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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