A coalition of Niger Delta groups yesterday maintained that the recent protests against the Joint Task Force (JTF), a special security outfit fighting criminalities in the region, was a case of highly placed oil thieves wanting to continue their sabotage of the Nigerian economy. While defending the Operation Delta Safe (OpDS) led by Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman, the peace advocacy groups under the aegis of the Niger Delta Peace and Development (NDPD) vowed to unravel the identities of the big time oil thieves behind the protests. Mr. James Julius, (Rivers) Chairman of the coalition, alleged that the protest was a sponsored fight against the successes recorded by the JTF under Suleiman and his men in the region, noting that the outfit was restoring peace and reducing criminality in the region. According to the coalition, the existing peace in the region was due to the efforts of the […]