By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”THE Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Ishaya Ibrahim, has said that the once dreaded militant Camp 5, headed by Chief Government Ekpemulopo, alias Tompolo, now currently being occupied by the military Joint Task Force, is only being temporarily occupied to re-build confidence in the inhabitants of the area and facilitate a peaceful return of business and normalcy in the waterways.
He also commended the security outfit for its high moral and professional skills being exhibited in the discharge of its duties in the waterways.
Ibrahim made these remarks after an operational visit to Camp 5 in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area and the headquaters of Naval Logistic Command, Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State.
He said he wanted to ensure that the welfare of his men is not compromised and commended the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, for his immense contribution to Naval operations.
According to him, the decision to make Camp 5 a permanent military base purely belongs to the Federal Government.
Ibrahim said the Navy wasÂ working towards having enough platforms to cover the over 400 nautical miles of coastline with numerous uncharted creeks that gave room for occasional breaches by miscreants, as in the recent attack against Chevron Okan Manifold in the high sea.
He was accompanied on the visit to Camp 5 by top echelon of the Navy and the JTF Commander, Gen. Sarkin Bello.
Meanwhile, the JTF, yesterday, denied killing two suspected militants who attempted to blow-off the Forcados export terminal with dynamite at about 2a.m. midnight.
The denial came as a result of MENDâ€™s claims that the suspects were repentant militants on their ways to surrendering their arms when they were caught.
Parading the suspects, Messrs Omole Sedimigho, 44years from Warri South and Reuben Gbotonye, 36 years from Warri South West, before newsmen at the JTF headquarters yesterday, Col. Rabe Abubakar, the JTF spokesman, said the suspects could not have been going to submit their weapons at 2.00 am to anyone, accompanied with large quantity of dynamite already wrapped around the pipelines before nemesis caught up with them.
Col. Abubakar advised Nigerians to be wary of MENDâ€™s propaganda and false alarm intended to smear the good name of the security outfit and charged the unrepentant militants to wholly embrace the federal governmentâ€™s amnesty, as it offers them a golden opportunity to get integrated into society once more.