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Nigerian Tribune: Army vows to restore peace in Niger Delta

THE Nigerian Army has said it will not relent in its efforts to restore peace and order in the Niger Delta region of the country as a sign of honour to its men who have sacrificed their lives in the cause to ensure a peaceful Niger Delta.
This assurance was given by the Commander of the Joint Operation Restore Hope, Brigadier General Elias Zamani, during the funeral service for the 14 soldiers who lost their lives during an attack on Shell’s Benisede Flow Station in Bayelsa State by militant youths.
General Zamani, who described the fallen soldiers as gallant men whose lives were cut short in their prime by their fellow brothers who had chosen to pursue personal interest through violence, added that their death was a huge loss to the nation, the armed forces and their families.
According to him, “for those of us remaining, the maximum tributes we can pay to these fallen heroes are not to relent our efforts until the national objective of total restoration of peace in the Niger Delta is achieved”.
He called on government to stand with the families of the dead soldiers and assured that the loss would not deter the force from its commitment towards restoration of peace in the Niger Delta region.
“We should not spare any effort to give the much needed supportive role to the deceased families, because the soldiers have served the nation gallantly right from the date they were enlisted into the Nigerian Army”, he said.
He appealed to ‘brothers’ in the militia groups to shun destructive tendecies and see dialogue as a better and more reliable way of registering their views.

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