The Federal Government has ordered the Defence Headquarters to adopt a new operational strategy in the Niger Delta and directed that it should stop the loss of over $15.8billion dollars to oil theft in the region.
The new operational brief, which started on the 9th of this month, would be expanded to include the National Intelligence Agency, Nigerian Prisons Service, Nigerian Customs Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Presidential Committee on Maritime Safety and Security (PICOMSS).Others include the Nigerian Ports Authority, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Oil Producing Companies.
According to a statement issued yesterday by the Joint Military Task Force(JTF) through its Media Coordinator, Lt. Col. Timothy Anthinga, the new operational order has also led to the adoption of a new Code Name, OPERATION PULO SHIELD, to replace Operation Restore Hope and are expected to cover the nine states of the region including Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers states.
The statement stated that, “After 3 years, the JTF is happy to inform you that, that phase of its operation in the Niger Delta has reached its culmination, following the elimination of militancy and the threat of it, to a very significant extent. You are aware that apart from cases of sundry crimes which are present in every society, the Niger Delta is now economically viable and stable, security wise. “