JTF flag off operation octopus grip in Bayelsa


By Eunice Nnachi, Yenagoa

Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Delta Safe yesterday flagged off Operation Octopus Grip, Bayelsa in fulfillment of its Constitutional mandate, to checkmate the security threats in the Niger Delta region.

The flagging off took place in Nembe Bassambiri NDDC jetty, in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa, on Wednesday.

In his welcome address, Gen. Lucky Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff, said the operation is aimed at curtailing numerous security threats currently bedeviling Nigeria and encumbering her national security.

The CDS who was represented by Maj. Gen. M.A Yekini, Chief of Defence Training and Operation said, “I came up with a vision which is to foster professional armed forces capable of effectively meeting constitutional imperatives.

“So far, the DHQ is currently conducting several operations aimed at addressing identified security threats across the various geo-political zones in Nigeria.

“These operations are Operation WHIRL STROKE in the North Central, HADARIN DAJI in the North West, SAFE HAVEN in the North Central, AWATSE in the South West, HADIN KAI in the North East and DELTA SAFE in the South South.

“Operation Delta Safe is peculiar and was established in the Niger Delta to curb crude oil theft and other illegal activities in the Region”, he added.