Military Readies Major Offensive Against N’Delta Militants if Talks Fail – Thisday

By Senator Iroegbu in Abuja, Sylvester Idowu in Warri and Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa

Baring any major progress in the ongoing dialogue between the federal government and stakeholders in the Niger Delta to end the attacks on oil and gas installations, the Nigerian military is in process of wrapping up plans to launch a major offensive against the militants sabotaging facilities in the oil-rich region.

However, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) confirmed yesterday that the federal government was in dialogue with militants, not criminals in the region, through oil companies and the law enforcement agencies.

Despite the attempt at a détente, reliable sources informed THISDAY that the federal government was losing patience with the militants whose activities have disrupted oil and gas output and in turn revenue accruable to the government.