Acting Director of Information, Office of the Chief of Defense Staff, Rabe Abubakar, made this known during his tour of military installations in Delta State.
According to Abubakar,
"I don’t know if Tompolo is dead or alive but all I know is that the Armed Forces and other security agencies are ready to mitigate the various security challenges in the Niger Delta Region.
"My visit here is to inform you that Nigeria’s Armed Forces and Security Agencies are extending the hands of friendship in a way of collaboration, synergizing and equally seeking their cooperation and your understanding taking into cognizance the fact that we are engaged in many operations across the spectrum of this great country.
"Media is one of the key stakeholders that we have at the back of our mind as a very key partner in mitigating the barriers of operations that the military and other security agencies are undertaking and we want to remind you that media being an agent of the escalation and fostering peaceful and harmonious relationships, it becomes important that we have this forum."