Militants’ violent campaign for Delta independence
From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – NIGERIA, beset by deadly terror attacks among other crises for years, seems headed for another catastrophe after an emergent militant group threatened a violent campaign to demand the sovereignty of the oil-rich Niger Delta.
This would be carried out through attacks on facilities international oil companies.
The Niger Delta Avengers, which has already carried out attacks against facilities of Chevron, the American oil firm, said this was in reaction to the inequitable distribution of wealth and the degradation of the area after years of oil extraction.
“To international Oil Companies, this is just the beginning and you have not seen anything yet,” said Mudoch Agbinibo, Niger Delta Avengers spokesperson.
“We will make you suffer as you have been made the people of Niger Deltans suffered over the years from environmental degradation and environment pollution.”
The militant group outlined plans to ensure sovereignty of the region before the end of the year. Niger Delta has over 30 million people.
By October 2016, the militants said they would display their currency, flag, passport, ruling Council and territory to the world.
It also warned President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, which is accused of conspiring with international oil companies to deprive the area of its wealth but not investing.
Agbinibo also lashed at the former militants that previously wrecked havoc in the region.
The ex-militants halted their campaign after an amnesty programme in 2009.
Agbinibo said unlike that group, they dissuaded kidnapping and murder but boasted sophisticated arms.
“We are young, educated, well travelled and most of us were educated in east Europe but don’t worry when we achieved our goal (sovereign state of Niger Delta) then you people will be proud of us.”
The spokesperson alerted the United Nations, the militants were “not asking for much but to free the people of the Niger Delta from environmental pollution, slavery, and oppression.”
– CAJ News
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