Niger Delta militant group threatens attack on oil facilities

A militant group, Niger Delta Greenland Justice
Mandate (NDGJM), last night threatened to bomb
another oil facility
in protest against alleged
random arrests by the military under the guise of
looking for its members.
The group, which claimed it is not Urhobo Militant,
denounced one Gabriel Ogbudje, who was arrested
last week along Abraka-Agbor road as one of its
key members.
It said in a statement signed by its spokesman,
Aldo Agbalaja, “Again, the Nigerian Army, in a bid
to save face, announced the arrest of ‘the declarer
of Operation Crocodile Tears’ and its spokesman
said his name is Gabriel Ogbudje.
“By the so-called arrest, these jesters are
suggesting that they have finally reached the Niger
Delta Greenland Justice Mandate. For the
avoidance of doubts, we do not know this said
Gabriel Ogbudje as either a member or leader so
we wonder why he was attributed with the
mandate’s ongoing operation”, it added.
The Urhobo militant group decried the ongoing
military exercise code-named Operation Crocodile
Smile saying it was just a charade.
“The ongoing so-called operation, which the
deceptive military administration has guised as an
innocent training drill (Operation Crocodile Smile)
is nothing but a facade, put together just to retire
freshly stolen military fund and in the bid to make
the cover-up look tight.
“These unprofessional and ill-trained men have
been feverishly engaged in a spree of blind arrests;
just anyone that comes in sight, which explains the
senseless arrest and parade of a septuagenarian,
some teenagers and a pregnant woman as
militants.
“The High Command of the Niger Delta Greenland
Justice Mandate has watched with disgust the
unprofessional approach of the Nigerian armed
forces in their so-called campaign against our
struggle and we feel sad to say this system is a
pathetic waste of time and the resources of the
peoples of this contraption called Nigeria.
“How can a supposedly national defense force
operate without precise intelligence, but will rather
use the people’s resources to buy cover-ups for
itself?”, it asked.
“To prove to the world that the Nigerian armed
forces have been engaged in a blind and random
arrest of mostly innocent and helpless community
people, we shall be making a very loud statement
to intimidate the smiling crocodile”, it said.

Meanwhile, OML 30 Community Developmet Board,
comprising representatives of Isoko, Urhobo,
Itsekiris and Ndokwas, yesterday decried the
destruction of oil facilities in Urhoboland, noting
that it was not in the character of Urhobos to
employ violence in agitating for their rights.
OML 30 is a body put together by the government
and Joint Venture Partners (JVP) by oil companies
for the development of host communities to
multinational oil firms operating in Delta Central
district in Delta Sate.
Chairman of the Board, Hon. Morris Idiovwa said in
a statement that the Urhobos were still mindful of
the fact that not all problems were solvable
through force of violence.
He therefore appealed to youths in Urhoboland to
embrace peace stressing that they should not turn
the area to a battle ground which they might regret
later, apparently referring to the activities of the
militant group.
“So much as we desire our people and our land to
receive the appropriate return for their
contributions to Nigeria’s national development,
through our physical labour and natural resources,
we believe there are many routes to access to
access the market.
“Urhobo nation has been patient and peaceful and
we believe that we are drawing closer to getting
our dues from the Nigerian union, therefore, we
want to call on all our youths not to give in to the
lure and invitation to violence.
“Violence is not our pattern, that is not who we
are. We do not want to turn Urhobo land to a battle
ground and so we call on all youth groups and
their leadership to reach out to all our youths not
to start a process that is likely to soil the good
name that our fore-fathers bequeathed to us”, he
pleaded.
Hon. Idiovwa decried a couple of unwholesome
activities in parts of Urhobo land which he said
have led to the destruction of some valuable oil
and gas assets.
He therefore assured the federal government and
the oil prospecting companies operating in
Urhoboland that the board will do all that is
needed to be done to end incidences of oil
destructions in the area.

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