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Militants breach ceasefire deal, blow up pipelines in Delta

30 August 2016, 12:22

Delta - An Urhobo militant group, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Movement, NDGJM, has blown up a pipeline operated by Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, and Shorelines Petroleum Nigeria in Delta State, Daily Post reports.

This is happening as militant group Niger Delta Avengers and some other militant groups are presently in talks with federal government over a possible stop to attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region by the militants.

The pipeline, which is a major delivery line for NPDC, was blown up at 3.am on Tuesday despite the ongoing military drill in the Niger Delta region code-named, “Operation Crocodile Smile.”

A statement by the group’s leader, “Gen” Aldo Agbalaja, said the attack was carried out by its Uproot Team B, adding that it was also launching “Operation Crocodile Tears” in response to the military’s “Operation Crocodile Smile.”

The statement reads in part, “With the launch of their ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate is also serving a notice on the commencement of our ‘Operation Crocodile Tears.’ It shall from now on be an eye for an eye; for every military atrocity carried out in the creeks and hinterland of the Niger Delta, the Nigerian armed forces will have the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate to contend with.”

“To this end, we are alerting all those working in the UQCC/UPS Erhomukokwarien in Ughelli, Eriemu Pigging Manifold in Agbarha, Otorogun Gas Plant, Olomoro Flow Station, Warri Refinery, Port Harcourt Refinery, Eleme, OB-OB and Obite gas plants in Omoku to evacuate because what is coming to those facilities are beyond what anybody has seen before.

“We do not want innocent blood being spilled, therefore, we advise all indigenes living in the vicinities of the facilities to relocate for the time being.”

Meanwhile the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari according to News24.

According to the open letter, the militants advised President Buhari to be more open to negotiation, while stating that Nigeria does not belong to him as an individual.

In addition, the NDA claimed that military action would not help the President win the oil war, stating that planned military intervention in the Niger Delta is nothing more than pre-planned genocide on the people of the state.

- News 24


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