The Nigerian Army has dismissed allegations of looting by Soldiers in Gbaramatu kingdom.
In a statement by a spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Usman, the Army criticised the allegation, saying it is not true.
It also described the allegations as sheer blackmail by some mischief makers to tarnish the image of the Nigerian Army.
Colonel Usman stressed that Nigerian soldiers do not loot.
The statement further said that the Army felt pained that such unfounded allegation would be published.
According to the statement, the soldiers are thorough-bred professionals guided by rules of engagement and code of conduct.
The statement further added that all the items recovered on May 28 and June 1, which include weapons and dynamites, were properly documented and publicly displayed.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed additional aircraft to the Niger Delta in support of the military operations code named “OPERATION PULO SHIELD” against militancy, economic sabotage and all forms of criminalities in the South-South region of the Country.
The deployment was necessitated by the recent spate of attacks on the Nation’s oil and gas installations by the new militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).
The additional platforms, comprising fighter aircraft, helicopter gunship and surveillance aircraft, are intended to enhance the capability of the NAF to undertake offensive air operations and intelligence gathering in support of the surfaces forces. Since the recent deployment the NAF has increased air operations around critical infrastructure in Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom States.
These include but not limited to Escravos, Forcados in Delta State; Bonga oil field, Agbami offshore and Brass in Bayelsa; Bony in Rivers; Qua Iboe Terminal in Akwa Ibom State, and Opuekeba in Ondo State.