Urhobo militant group, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM), yesterday asked residents around major oil and gas facilities across the Niger Delta to evacuate with immediate effect in order not to end up as casualties of militancy.
According to a statement signed by its spokesman, Aldo Agbalaja, the group said the warning became necessary since most of the marked facilities in all the states in the region had been rigged with explosives waiting for detonation, adding that the detonation was being held back because of the people in the environment.
The statement partly reads; “One more time, we are warning and at the same time appealing to residents around major oil and gas facilities across our region to please evacuate immediately. This warning has become necessary because of the fact that we do not wish any of our people, for whom we have taken up this crusade, to become casualties of our campaign. All the marked facilities in all the states have been rigged with explosives at strategic points, waiting to be detonated.
“We are only being slowed down because of the presence of those still living close by. This struggle will only cease when the adversarial Nigerian system yields to reason”.
The group maintained that there was no reason yet for the group to halt its assault against oil facilities when the government was “yet to move a muscle to respond to our requests,”
NDGJM warned the Federal Government to be wary of Chief Edwin Clark, insisting that the ceasefire declared by the elder statesman on behalf of militants was “a big fat lie, another charade.”
It stated; “We have warned the federal government to be wary of the old man, Chief E.K Clark, and his antics; he can do anything to make dirty money.
“He and his cohorts, in their desperation to make the unsuspecting government, oil companies and the general public believe they are indeed ‘lords’ of the Delta, created a big fat lie, another charade, in the name of a nonexistent cease fire by the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate.
“For the avoidance of doubts, we have seen no reason to halt our anger against the Nigerian federal government, not when the oppressive system has yet to move a muscle to respond to our requests.
“We want to categorically say that we have no member, less talking of leader by the name ODU, as quoted by the (namewithheld) newspaper”.
“This said call and the so-called ceasefire is all a job, just like the Ijaw-dominated, Clark convened Niger Delta stakeholders meeting in Effurun was, they both are meant to justify money they hope to obtain from government.
“The high command of the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate uses this medium to alert the world to disregard this fraud. We have our means of communicating, definitely not a call. With this development, if the Nigerian security system is serious about catching frauds and militants, they should get those who claimed to have spoken on phone with ODU, they should still have his physical contacts.
“When we make our next ‘LOUD’ statement, they should go after ODU, who just claimed to be the leader of the mandate,”.