Delta - Communities under Oil Mining Lease, OML in Delta State have opened independent investigations to expose the masterminds of the attacks on oil assets in the region, Vanguard reports.
This was made known in a statement, on Thursday by Morris Idiovwa, Chairman, OML 30 Community Development Board, traversing Urhobo, Isoko, some Itsekiri and and Ijaw oil host communities, hours after men of new Joint Task Force, JTF, Operation Delta Safe, arrested Garbiel Ogbuje, a suspected militant allegedly involved in assets bombing in Isoko and Urhobo axes.
Idiovwa said: “We must be proactive, particularly in Urhobo land, in containing the escalating militancy in the region, particularly emergent new groups bent on roping the peaceful and law-abiding Urhobo people into the whole confusion.
“We are worried because we see external forces as the real threats. Violence is not our pattern, it’s not who we are. We don’t want Urhobo land turned into battle ground and so we urge leaderships to reach out to our youths not to start a process likely to soil the good name our fore-fathers bequeathed us.
“For communities in OML 30 operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company and other partners, our benefits under a memorandum of understanding are dependent on the oil and gas derived from our soil. Right now, we are losing tremendously as these criminal gangs in the name of militancy are destroying our assets.”
Meanwhile the Chief negotiator of the ongoing talks between the federal government and the Niger Delta Avengers, Edwin Clark has warned the Nigeria Army against jeopardising the current ceasefire declared by the militants according to News24.
Clark was appointed by the militants to negotiate with the federal government following months of blowing of oil and gas pipelines.
He said following the decision by the militants to halt hostilities in the Niger Delta region, it was necessary for the government to work for peace rather than launching a military operation.
- News 24