A militants group, Niger Delta Greenland
Justice Mandate has issued a deadly
warning to the president Muhammadu
Buhari-led federal government that in a few
days, refineries in the region will be
The region has been a hub of activities by
militants who have vandalised oil and gas
Vanguard reports that the group
threatened to blow up refineries in the
region because it noticed that the federal
government was negotiating with Ijaw
terrorists and ignoring others.
In a statement signed by Gen. Aldo
Agbalaja who is the spokesperson of the
group, he urged oil workers in the region to
evacuate as the level of violence it will
commit in the coming days will be
"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
"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".
Continuing in the statement, he said; "for
the avoidance of doubts, the Niger Delta
Greenland Justice Mandate is not in the
mold of the various criminal gangs that
have so far paraded themselves as fighting
for the interest of the people of the Niger
Delta, but who indeed have been engaged
in fight for personal enrichment. "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
"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. Indeed, this is a
mistake that is about to take a more
devastating toll than has ever been seen or
experienced in the history of Nigeria.
"Any moment from now, we shall be
making a loud statement which we believe
should be loud enough for all to see and
take seriously and then afterwards state
our demands.
"We have considered this 'coming
statement' reluctantly inevitable because
of the recalcitrance of federal authorities,
as well as oil giants; they both have
decided to ignore calls to reason and have
made violence the only option.
"Just as in the 2009 experience, the federal
government and oil companies have
started yet another round of negotiation
with the Ijaw front, in the name of all the
people of the Niger Delta. This will not
work. Since they do not regard the assets
in our areas important enough to be
protected, we shall root them all out of the
length of the Niger Delta. We don't want to
make this mistake any longer, violence
pays as it has become the only voice that
government gives hearkens to.
"Finally, we are asking all the oil
multinationals still in the upland of our
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.
"We also want to bring it to the attention of
the federal government and the NNPC that
the refineries in Warri (Urhobo land) and
Port Harcourt (Eleme) and the gas plant in
Otorogun will all come down in few days
from now.
"We just hope that the Nigerian
government will continue ignoring us so
that we can perfect what those in the
riverine area started".


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