- A coalition of militant groups in the Niger Delta region calls on the federal government to resolve the crisis in the region or face resumed attacks on oil installations
- The militants warn that if the government fails to act now, it will have itself to blame when another crisis in the Niger Delta resumes
- The group says the federal government, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is not sincere in resolving the Niger Delta crisis
Militant groups in the Niger Delta region have threatened to resume bombing of oil installations in the region over the alleged insincerity of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to resolve the crisis in the Niger Delta.
The Punch reports that the militant groups, under the aegis of the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators, in a statement on Sunday, April 23, called on the government to act now or face resumed attacks on oil installations.
The statement was signed by the leader of Niger Delta Watchdog, ‘General’ John Duku; ‘General’ Ekpo Ekpo of the Niger Delta Volunteers, ‘Commander’ Henry Etete of the Niger Delta People’s Fighters and ‘Commander’ Asuquo Henshaw of the Bakassi Freedom Fighters.
The groups recalled in the statement that nothing had happened since the Pan Niger Delta Elders’ Forum met with the president in November 2016.
It said: “There is no more time; the Federal Government must act now and show seriousness and commitment to the plight of Niger Delta or we will be forced to resume attacks.
“We must make sure we liberate our people from the slavery of the Nigerian state. We believe that the Federal Government will not be surprised to see another crisis in the Niger Delta and they should not blame anyone if such happens.
“The Federal Government, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, is not sincere in resolving the Niger Delta crisis.”
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According to the groups, the visit of the vice-president (then acting president) to oil producing states was a big scam.
The militants said Osinbajo’s visit was a camouflage, deceit and delay tactics by the federal government to achieve its normal daily crude oil production.
“We want to state here clearly that we are tired of all unfulfilled promises; we are tired of developing Niger Delta in the media, we are tired of the Vice-President’s unending meetings without follow-up actions," the coalition of militants warned.
Meanwhile, suspected militants who attempted to destroy pipelines belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) were surprised by the Nigerian Navy who stopped the attack.
Vanguard reports that the militants were trying to blow-up the pipelines which pump petroleum products from Atlas Cove, Lagos to Mosimi depot, Ogun State when security operatives foiled their plan on Monday, April 17.
It was reported that a team of naval personnel from the Forward Operating Base in Badagry spotted the militants and called for assistance from the Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Beecroft whose presence forced the militants to abandon their four boats.
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