How militants shot dead two soldiers, four civilians, by Army
*British envoy says military option alone can’t solve Niger Delta crisis
*Catholic bishop urges dialogue with IPOB, Avengers
The 4 Brigade Nigerian Army yesterday said a Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) boat deployed at Ejere junction in Warri was attacked by suspected militants who disguised as commuters and in the process six persons were killed including two soldiers, four civilians working in the both.
A statement issued by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Captain Jonah Unuakhalu in Benin City said a soldiers was also injured in the process while another was declared missing. He said the attack was on June 1 at about 5.50 pm.
“The suspected militants approached the houseboat in Five (5) speed boats mounted with 250 horse power engines and disguised as normal commuters. During the deliberate attack two soldiers were killed, one wounded, one soldier missing while 4 civilian staff attached to the houseboat were shot dead. The attack occurred when other members of the troops were on pipeline patrol.
“The Brigade out rightly condemns the attack on our personnel carrying out their constitutional duties and other innocent staff. The Brigade will not be deterred by such dastardly acts, but will remain resolute in discharging its constitutional duties. Furthermore, those who carried out the criminal acts will surely be sought, apprehended and brought to justice.
“The Brigade therefore implores all law abiding citizens to go about their normal business. Please disseminate this information to the general public.”
Meanwhile, Britain yesterday warned that military attacks alone could not win the war against the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and others.High Commissioner Paul Arkwright, who paid a courtesy call on the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo in Abeokuta, maintained that the Federal Government needed a “comprehensive approach,” including dialogue.
Arkwright however, explained that the government was right in taking firm action against the Avengers, “We strongly support that but we don’t think that military solution alone is the final solution.”
He also assured that looted that Britain was doing everything possible to ensure that stolen funds were returned to the country, adding that in doing so “judicial process needs to run its course.”
In Lagos State, the Archbishop of Lagos, the Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call for a dialogue with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Niger Delta Avengers.
Martins said this during the week at a press briefing designed to mark his 57th birthday celebration at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lagos.