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NDRPP set to tackle oil vandals in N/Delta creeks

National Coordinator of the Niger Delta Riverine Protection Programme (NDRPP), Mr. Tikari Danjuma, has assured that a drastic reduction in all forms of violence will soon be the order in Nigeri Delta as he assumes duties.

A statement from the group and obtained on Friday quoted Danjuma as giving the assurance at Bomadi, Delta State, during a reception organised by stakeholders and youths of the nine Niger Delta states to honour him on his appointment as the NDRPP national coordinator by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He appealed to militant groups in the region responsible for bombing and vandalising crude oil and gas installations to surrender their arms and join him as well as his team in championing peace and meaningful development in the area.

He quoted President Muhammadu  Buhari as doing everything possible to find lasting peace, execute developmental projects and create employment for youths in the Niger Delta, stressing that the Federal Government would engage leaders and youths in the region through continuous dialogue.

The statement signed by the Director of Operation and Communication, Mr. Ebegha Tarelayefa, explained that the agency was ready to partner the relevant security agencies to achieve its goals.

The Delta State Programme Officer of NDRPP, Collins Oturubo, said the team was determined to mediate between the national coordinator of the programme and the militant groups in each state with a view to ending militancy, sea piracy, illegal bunkering and other vices plaguing the region.

He said an intelligence structure had been set up to address issues of illegal bunkering, sea piracy, unauthorised sea patrols and illegal maritime activities in the Niger Delta.