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New militant group gives oil firms 48-hour quit notice

10 August 2016, 11:04

Warri - A new militia group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, has threatened to attack oil and gas facilities in the upland of the oil-rich region.

The new group, which decried what it called Federal Government’s and multinational oil companies’ neglect of the region, gave oil companies 48-hours to evacuate their personnel from the region, especially in the upland.

The group, which claimed to have watched with keen interest how various criminal gangs have so far paraded themselves as fighting for the interest of the people of the region “but indeed have engaged in fight for personal enrichment”, said the agitation would take a new shape within the next 48 hours, if multi-national oil companies fail to vacate the region.

A statement issued by the group’s spokesperson, Gen. Aldo Agbalaja on Tuesday, disassociated his group from being criminally minded in the agitation but out to ensure that those he referred to as “oppressors” reap the fruits of their action.

“We have keenly watched developments in the country in recent times, developments that are most depressing, very much depicting the marginalization and subjugation of the hapless people of our region.

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“We have thought very deeply about the ongoing shenanigan and play-acting going on between the Federal Government and some self-styled ‘Niger Delta agitators’ and thought if we fail to make our own statement now, then there will be no future for the larger Niger Delta region.

“Finally, a note of warning: We are asking all the oil multinationals still in the upland of our region; AGIP, TOTAL, SHELL, MOBIL, SHORELINES, NECONDE, E.D WESTERN, SEPLAT and others to commence the evacuation of their personnel from the region, especially in the Ogba/Egi axis of Rivers State, Urhobo/Isoko/ Ndokwa axis of Delta State and other upland oil producing areas, within the next 48 hours.”

The group said it was not one of the criminally minded ones in the region. “We are not one of them. We are out to tell the world that there is a Niger Delta that is made up of many tribes and tongues, the people of whom have so far suffered both local and national oppression.

“We have come at this point to ensure that our oppressors, being the Federal Government, the state governments in the six core Niger Delta states who have received billions of dollars over the past years but have brought little or no development to the region and the so-called super-ethnic nations, who have yielded to greed and wickedness and have exposed the rest of us in the oil-rich, but deeply impoverished region, to crippling squalor”, the statement read in part.

Agbalaja, who defined the group as “A coalition of forces across the Niger Delta region, fighting for the interest of the region” said that the Federal government and the oil multinational companies have been making a very grave mistake by equating the interest of the Ijaw people as that of all the tribes of the region.

- News 24


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