06 August 2013, Lagos – The Ijaw Peoples Congress, IPC, has commended the Joint Task Force, JTF, Operation Pulo Shield, led by Major-General Bata Debiro, saying JTF has successfully waged war against illegal oil bunkering, kidnapping and robbery in the Niger Delta.
In a statement by its National President, Mr Ekanpou Enewaridideke, the group said the JTF commander had, with this war, debilitated and stifled activities of kidnappers and oil bunkerers.
According to Enewaridideke, “for the purpose of further invigorating the relentless war, the Federal Government should constantly create the enabling environment for the JTF commander to continue the fierce war against the illegalities in the Niger Delta as the government of President Goodluck Jonathan has always done.
“Debiro has the professional, operational and psychological capacity and virility to wage and win the war against any illegalities in the Niger Delta and should be courted by any patriotic and law-abiding individual or community.
The absolute peace and security in Ayakoromo community in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State is a testimony to the operational professionalism of Debiro.”
Enewaridideke advised the JTF commander to initiate a regular patrol of communities around their military formations “as this will ward off the proliferation of any criminal group bound to snowball into a threatening criminal behemoth. Routine patrol of communities around their military formations in the Niger Delta would be a measure against any criminal formation.
– Etop Ekanem, Vanguard