Security has been tightened at oil flow stations in Bayelsa State because of the threat by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) to resume hostilities.
Investigation showed that personnel of the Joint Military Taskforce (JTF) are at alert to forestall any attack by militants.
Patrol of the waterways has increased. Passenger speed boats are stopped and searched by soldiers.
A member of the JTF dismissed the threat by the MEND, stressing that soldiers are ready to take on the militants.
However, Chevron-Texaco, Agip, and Shell are not taking the threat lightly, despite assurances from Yenagoa that the peace treaty would hold.
There are indications that the expatriate staff of the oil firms may be relocated from flow stations to avoid being caught up in the web.
The break down in negotiations between the militants and the Federal Government is generating tension in the creeks.
The MEND says it has no confidence in the deal being brokered.
– Daily Independent