Nigerien soldiers patrol in Bosso, near the Nigerian border, on May 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO
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Nigeria is ready to deploy troops to the Niger delta in a showdown with militants who have wreaked havoc on the nation's key oil infrastructure since the start of the year, the army says.But local leaders have warned against the use of force on the grounds it would hurt civilians.Governor Seriake Dickson of the southern oil-rich state of Bayelsa, an epicenter of the violence, visited Buhari this week and cautioned against the use of force, saying it would hurt civilians more.Early this year, the government sent some troops into Gbaramatu community in Delta state, in search of fugitive former rebel leader Government "Tompolo" Ekpemupolo, a government contractor who is wanted for graft.
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