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The militants from four groups in the region demanded that oil production ceases until the conclusion of dialogue with the federal government.
Daily Post reports that this threat was issued in a statement released on Sunday, March 12 by the quartet of Adaka Boro Avengers, Niger Delta Creek Warriors, Ogunuma Camp of Niger Delta and Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders.
The statement was signed by self-styled General Edmos Ayayeibo (Adaka Boro Avengers), General Woi Izon-Ebi (Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders), General Christ Etarotu (Niger Delta Creek Warriors) and General Akpaingolo Yins (Ogunuma Camp of Niger Delta) on behalf of the agitators.
It read in part: ‘’The Federal Government of Nigeria has taken the people of the Niger Delta region as blind people. The Niger Delta region has been ripped off. Up till now, none of the demands of the Niger Delta people to the Presidency has been implemented.
“The Vice President who toured the Niger Delta region has not fulfilled any of the promises he made. Our resources are being used to finance projects in the North and West. Up till now, our boys are still in the custody of the Federal Government, detained without trial. Several Niger Delta activists and agitators, like Alex Odogu, Ebiware, Aboy Muturu, Bounanaowei Smith, Ezekiel Daniel, Monday Ebimene and Churchill Oghoneye are still being detained by the Federal Government.’’
The groups wondered at the importance of the recent Niger Delta tour embarked upon by acting president Yemi Osinbajo, saying: ‘’Why did the acting President not tour the oil producing communitíes to see how these people are suffering. The people need good roads, railway, water, good hospitals and jobs. What has the Federal Government done to the black carbon emissions emanating from oil companies?
“Right from the ceasefire agreement reached by the various agitators in the Niger Delta and the Federal Government on the ground that the Federal Government will set up a dialogue committee, up till now the Federal government has no plan to set up any dialogue process.
‘’For reasons stated above, we hereby call on all the multinational oil companies operating in the Niger Delta to cease operation for now in their own interest. They should cease operation forthwith until matters of the Niger Delta region are addressed.
“We also call on PANDEF to hands off issues of the Niger Delta region because nothing tangible has been achieved by PANDEF in its mediation with the Federal Government on behalf of the Niger Delta region.”
Meanwhile, the leadership of the National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators on Friday, March 10 expressed happiness over the return of President Muhammadu Buhari to the country from his medical trip in the United Kingdom.
The group, led by Israel Akpodoro, after an enlarged meeting in Ughelli, Delta state, agreed that President Buhari has made sterling progress in the nation, noting that his administration has helped to recover the nation from financial rot.