The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has said that their presence in the Gbaramatu Kingdom of Delta State and other parts of the country, is to ensure the security and protection of the citizens.
The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, stated this on Tuesday in response to the allegations that the military is harassing the Gbaramatu people.
Abubakar debunked the accusations that the troops had laid siege to the communities, restricting freedom of movement of the residents.
According to him, the presence of security forces is to wade off the ongoing threats to national security and oil installations around the area.
“The military presence in any part of our country is for security and ensure the protection of innocent citizens and their property and government infrastructure around any location be it in Niger Delta or anywhere where insecurity and threats to national security,” he said.
The Defence spokesman waved aside the allegations, as a blackmail from the few “unpatriotic criminals”.
The presence of military, he said, is good for all.