Niger Delta Militants
The Niger Delta Creek Warriors a coalition of agitators in the Niger Delta region has issued a 7-day ultimatum to the federal government on some topical points of demand to be met immediately for there to be peace in the region.
The group has also called off a purported ceasefire it claimed to have had with both the Nigerian Federal Government and the Pan Niger Delta Forum PANDEF not to blow up oil and gas pipelines in the region.
The group spokesman a self-styled “General Christ” said the federal government has failed to keep its promises and meet its initial demands which enable them to suspend their militant activities and allow peace to rein in the oil-rich region.
A terse statement issued by the spokesman read “We, the various militants’ groups operating in the Niger Delta, comprising the Niger Delta Creek Warriors, Ogunuma Camp of the Niger Delta, Niger Delta Republic Seekers, and Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders have agreed to address the Nation.
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“It has come to our notice that President Buhari and his subordinates do not want the relative peace we are having in the country. Having waited for long without implementing the demands by Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum, a demand on behalf of the people of the Niger Delta.
“We have no option but to withdraw our ceasefire deal with the Federal Government. We hereby demand the following from the same government.
“We, therefore, give the federal government a 7 days ultimatum to address the following demands immediately as we cannot continue to be continuously deceived.
“We are aware that Shell Petroleum Development Corporation SPDC applied for renewal of oil blocks in the Niger Delta and we have not seen what they have done before now for our people so let them go offshore.
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“The Federal Government should immediately resettle Bakassi communities and implement every other sector of British, Germany, American and E U Green Tree Agreement, Ogoni cleanup and entire Niger Delta region.
“Immediate take off of the Brass LNG, Adequate funding of the Okerenkoko Maritime University, Upgrading of the Maritime University Oron to University status and immediate takeoff of the Gelegele Seaport in Edo state.
Immediate award/construction of the following roads in the Niger Delta, Bonny, Bodo, abonny, Idammo, Abissa, Kula road to Soku, Edem Sanya, Nembe Brass to Akasa, Warri/Escravos, Warri to Ogulagha, and a seaport in Ekeremor local government area.
“The federal government must make a statement on restructuring the country so as to enable each section of the country to achieve its potentials. Failure to heed these demands, the group warns will attract dire consequences for the Nigerian state. The group vowed to attack Nembe, Forcados and Bonny Trunk lines within 2 weeks from now if their demands are not met.
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Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Joint Task Force against militancy in the Niger Delta dismiss the threat as empty and made by faceless persons who are looking for free handouts. The JTF vowed to exercise their mandate by stopping any threat of militancy and criminality in the Region.