8 June 2016
Nigeria’s vice-president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has again held a meeting with governors of states in the oil-rich Niger Delta region and security chiefs over the resurgence of militancy in the region.
The meeting was called to seek solution to heightening vandalism of oil installations in the region by militants.
Governors in attendance were Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, and Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
Also present were the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomom Arase.
The Nigerian government is currently working to reduce military operations in the Niger Delta region to pave way for dialogue with the rampant militant groups, reports said.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, had earlier said that a committee, coordinated by the office of the National Security Adviser had been set up for the dialogue.