officials say the military's two-week-old offensive against militants in the
Niger Delta has succeeded in reducing violence in the restive region. The officials
say scores of militants have been killed and dozens arrested with most of
their bases destroyed. But prominent Delta politicians say the
offensive will not ensure long-term security until the government provides
the region jobs and infrastructure.
Sagir Musa is spokesman for the joint military task force charged with providing security in the Delta. He says tremendous progress
have been made in pacifying the restive oil rich region. "The situation is
relatively calm. So far, so good. There has not been any reported case of
security breach within our areas of responsibility which is a sign of good
development to the region and the nation as a whole."
the reduction in violence can be attributed to a multi –pronged approach by the
government. "I wont attribute it to our efforts only, I think it is a combined
effort, a combined responsibility that resulted to the peaceful atmosphere that
everyone is enjoying in this period and we hope it will continue".
Col Musa says residents of the delta have been instrumental is giving
information to the task force in its efforts to combat militant activities.
"Everybody seems to be disturbed about the situation in the Niger Delta, and
people are worried, disturbed and concerned. Therefore from time to time we
call on the people that who ever witnessed any criminal act should call
security agencies. We even volunteered dedicated telephone lines for that
purpose and people are just calling to say, this is what is happening and
please come to our aid."