Militants claim attack on NNPC pipeline, ex-agitators threaten CBN
The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) yesterday claimed an attack on the Afiesere-Ekiugbo delivery line in Ughelli, Delta State, operated by the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company NPDC/Shoreline.
The militants equally lambasted the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, saying its Operation Crocodile Smile “would soon sink in the waters of the Niger Delta.”
The NDGJM did not spare oil companies too, accusing them of hiding behind military guns to deny the people their fair share of oil money.
A statement by its spokesman, Gen. Aldo Agbalaja said: “The Opudo strike force, at about 11:30 pm on September 18, 2016, struck the Afiesere – Ekiugbo delivery line in Ughelli.”
Agbalaja said NDGJM’s Operation Crocodile Tears is not slowing down, but determined to achieve its target.
The group further said the so-called Operation Crocodile Smile is nothing but a scam. “Were it a serious endeavour, as the entire military system has sought to deceive Nigerians and the entire world to believe, the half-baked operation would have at least been reaping marginal results,” the group said.
In another development, some ex-militants have restated their threat to close down Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) offices in the Niger Delta region at the expiration of their seven-day ultimatum to pay up three months arrears allegedly owed them.
The ex-militant leaders, who spoke through Mr. Stephen Ebisinte in Asaba, said that their earlier decision to close down CBN was unanimously taken by all Phase Two leaders in the region and that there was no going back.
Ebisinte alleged that the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier-General Paul Tarela Boroh had informed them in a text message that the Amnesty Office (AO) was no longer responsible for payment of their monthly stipends.
“Boroh forwarded us a text message that reads: ‘Amnesty Office does not pay anymore, it is the CBN that pays.’ After that, he is now sponsoring people to counter our reaction. He should stop politicking with the amnesty programme because it has come a long way. He should stop politicising the programme, because there is no division in our ranks,” Ebisinte warned.
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