N-Delta bombings: Operation Crocodile Smile may return to creeks, says military

By Kingsley Omonobi Abuja—Indications emerged, weekend, that the Federal Government may order the return of the Special Military Intervention force, Operation Crocodile Smile, which was largely successful in smoking out militants and destroying their camps in the creeks, back to the Niger Delta region to checkmate attacks on oil pipelines and gas facilities that have […]

Niger Delta militants claim 24 soldiers captured

General Ben disclosed that the captured 24 soldiers were onboard a military gunboat Pilot 1, MB12 also known as Thunder Boat. He threatened to “execute them at the appropriate time.” Timipreye Igali-Ebiye Members of the Concerned Militant Leaders (CML) of Niger Delta region have declared that 24 soldiers captured during their encounter with military men […]

Crocodile Smile: Troops destroy 74 illegal refineries, kidnappers camp in Niger Delta

A number of refineries destroyed, but no suspects caught. By Kingsley Omonobi Abuja-The Nigrrian Army said on Friday that its troops of 2 Brigade, conducting field training exercise code named “Operation CROCODILE SMILE” have within the last 48 hours discovered and destroyed 74 illegal refineries in Niger Delta. The Army said also that quite a […]

Nigerian army says arrests Avengers leader, other militants

Arrests could spark a return to violence from militants. Nigeria’s military said on Wednesday it had arrested a suspected leader of the Niger Delta Avengers militant group and other men accused of attacking oil and gas infrastructure. Soldiers, backed up by the air force and security officers, detained Isaac Romeo with two other men over […]

Militants threaten to attack soldiers in Niger Delta

Army presence threatens to inflame situation in Delta rather than calm it. By: Precious Dikewoha A group, Niger Delta Cleansers (NDC), has threatened to attack more soldiers in the region if the federal government does not withdraw them from the creeks in the next 14 days. Its spokesman, Col Fikenibai Miesin, in a statement said […]

Nigeria: Four Soldiers Drown As Crackdown On Agitators Begins

Tragedy marks beginning of operation. By Kelvin Ebiri, Anietie Akpa and Julius Osahon Four soldiers lost their lives yesterday when their boat capsized in Bayelsa State as the military began its Operation Crocodile Smile to crack down on agitators in the Niger Delta. But the army in Cross River State said it impounded two speedboats […]

Nigeria: Fear of War Grips Niger Delta As Military Deploys Weapons

Concern military tactics could actually foment return to militancy in Delta. By Kelvin Ebiri and Chido Okafor Apprehension, suffering and death. These are the concerns as the military begins a massive buildup against armed agitators in Nigeria’s oil rich region, the Niger Delta. Yesterday, a long convoy of about 32 articulated vehicles was seen on […]