2023: CDS Assures Peaceful Electioneering Period

2023: CDS Assures Peaceful Electioneering Period

By Mariam Sanni, Abuja

The Chief of Defence Staff, CDS General Lucky Irabor has assured Nigerians of a peaceful electioneering period during the forthcoming 2023 election.

Irabor who gave this assurance while addressing the media in a press briefing at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja, stressed that men and women of Nigerians must conduct themselves peacefully during this period.

He warned that the armed forces will not take any form of violence from perpetrators who might want to disrupt the peace of the country all in the name of looking for political appointments.

According to him, going forward Nigeria must be peaceful, so that all Nigerians will have a country to be proud of.‘’The military will ensure that the country has a peaceful electioneering period, so that every one of us will have a country we can be proud of.

‘’For everyone that is looking forward to political appointments, we will not stand aside and look at those that will perpetrate violence all because they are looking for political offices. Going forward Nigeria must be peaceful,’’ he said.

Speaking on the recent Owo attack, the CDS noted that it is very important that the criminals behind the menace are brought to book, saying that the military are on top of the issue.

Also, the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Benard Onyeuko while briefing media on the achievements of the military in their various operations across the country explained that the Joint Task Force of Operation DELTA SAFE has been relentless in their kinetic operation which are geared towards eradicating illegal oil activities in their Joint Operational area.

He said in other to achieve its operational mandate Operation OCTOPUS GRIP a subsidiary operation under DELTA SAFE in the last 7 weeks of it operations (April 20) discovered and destroyed 337 illegal oil refineries, 1,052 metal storage tanks, 515 ovens, 68 wooden boats, it also confiscated 59 vehicles, 16 outboard engines, 11 rifles and arrested 141 criminals.‘’

During the period in focus troops of DELTAL SAFE in the conduct of Operation OCTOPUS GRIP conducted operations in creeks, towns and communities; these include Jesse in Ethiope Local Government Area, Otagbo Creek, Escravos River and Benett Island in Delta State.

Also, Brass creek, Beneside and Ndoro Waterways Ekeremor all in Bayelsa State.

‘’In addition, troops conducted operations at Opumaki, Cawthrone Channel all in Bonny Local Government Area of River States.16. Within the last week 9 – 14 June 2022, a total of 26 illegal refining sites, 35 wooden boats, 74 storage tanks, 79 ovens, 28 dug out pits, 3 speed boats, 2 outboard engines, 20 pumping machines, 2 rifles, Two Million Two Hundred and Sixty Four Thousand (2,264,000) litres of stolen crude oil, One Million One Hundred and Forty Two Thousand (1,142,000) litres of AGO and 10 oil thieves were arrested by own troops.‘

’Accordingly, all the arrested criminals and recovered items have been handed over to the appropriate authorities for further action.Finally, the military high command commends the efforts of the troops in the various theatres, they are also encourages them to sustain the operational tempo in their respective area of responsibilities to ensure that normalcy returns to the affected zones of the country.‘

’Furthermore, the entire populace is hereby appreciated for the support given to the Armed Forces and security agencies in the conduct of their operations. The media community is also acknowledged for their partnership and cooperation with the military and other security agencies in our quest to return peace to our dear country.

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