Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has said 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 yesterday in response to the allegations that the military was harassing the Gbaramatu people.
Abubakar debunked the accusations that the troops had laid siege in 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. “However the insinuation from few unpatriotic who wants to continue with their criminal activities are the ones making this blackmailing calls on papers and other channels,” he stated.