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Militants cancel declaration of Niger Delta Republic

01 August 2016, 15:37

Delta - The Adaka Boro Avengers has cancelled its planned declaration of an independent Niger Delta Republic slated for Monday, August 1.

The group in a statement on Sunday, July 31 said it had cancelled its planned declaration and credited former president, Goodluck Jonathan and other top Ijaws for the move.

The group however said it “will not stop until the Nigerian government is ready to sit on a round-table to dialogue and to restructure Nigeria.”

They said, “We received calls from prominent leaders like Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Mrs Ankio Briggs, Chief. E. K. Clark and especially King Alfred Diete Spiff calling on the freedom fighters to abort their mission to declare Niger Delta Republic.”

The militant group further warned the Federal Government against having any peace talk with the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, describing them as 'greedy fellows' who only seek their 'stipends.'

The group said plans to declare the region independent was not for selfish reasons, adding that it was cancelled following appeals from elders and people of the area.

Also read: Soldiers storm Bayelsa to stop declaration of Niger Delta Republic

Leader of the group, ‘General’ Goddey, was quoted in the statement as saying that the anger of the group bordered on how “the Nigerian government has enslaved…the people of Niger Delta region.”

News24 earlier reported that troops were deployed to Bayesla State following the threat by a militant group to declare an independent Niger Delta republic August 1.

A militant group in the Niger Delta, Adaka Boro Avengers (ABA) said it had concluded arrangements with other militant groups to declare the Niger Delta region an independent republic on August 1.

The militant group also gave the Federal Government an ultimatum to withdraw its personnel and establishment from the region before the date of its declaration of independence.

It also ordered all northerners and people of the South West to vacate its territory.

- News 24


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