By Kingsley Omonobi-Abuja.
The governments of United States of America and Nigeria at the weekend exchanged views on the ongoing efforts to engage in dialogue with Niger Delta militants and seek an immediate and peaceful resolution to the conflict.
This effort was part of the highlights of a meeting between the American National Security Adviser, Susan Rice and Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, Maj-General Babagana Monguno (rtd) at the White House.
The two National Security Advisers met at the White House to discuss opportunities to expand cooperation between the United States and Nigeria.
Ambassador Rice welcomed the progress that Nigeria and its regional partners have made in the fight against Boko Haram, now known as ISIL’s West Africa Province.
She encouraged Nigeria to maintain focus on defeating the group militarily while establishing good governance and providing basic services in liberated areas.
They also discussed the urgent need for international collaboration to support the Government of Nigeria’s response to the humanitarian emergency in northeast Nigeria.
Meanwhile troops of 13 Brigade, 82 Division, Nigerian Army at the weekend, in a coordinated operation arrested a suspected high ranking militant kingpin Mr. Victory Benjamin (aka Abuja Daddy and G3) and 3 others.
A statement from Army headquarters said “The kingpin was arrested at Saint Joseph Hospital, Ikot Ene junction, Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross Rivers State while attempting to collect ransom from one of their kidnap a victim’s relations.
“In a related development, troops of the same formation have also arrested 3 militants with locally made pistol and some cartridges while robbing victims around Refugees Camp at Efut Isigi in Bakassi Local Government Area, Cross Rivers State.
“Meanwhile, troops have cordoned off the residents of the most wanted militant kingpin, alias G1 still at large, as already the arrested militants known as “G2” and “G3” are providing useful information that would assist the military to track other criminals in the region.