According to him, despite accusations of a military of occupation, troops are not in the region to intimidate the people, but to protect them.
Nigeria lost much of its oil wealth in 2016 due to military attacks on oil installation in the Niger Delta. However, there is no reported case this year, suggesting a quiet ceasefire.
At a meeting with members of the Bayelsa state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Yenagoa, the acting director of Information, Defence Headquarters, Brigadier-general Rabe Abubakar solicits the support of the media and communities in dealing with the problem of unrest in the Niger-Delta region.
The ministry of defence and the Bayelsa state chapter of the NUJ have agreed to work closely for the protection of lives, property and critical national assets.