9 N/Delta Militant Groups Issue Threats Of Fresh Attacks
A Coalition of 9 Niger Delta Militant Groups is asking the Nigerian government to stop having discussions and negotiation with the Edwin Clark-led Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) or face fresh attacks on oil facilities.
The militants passed a vote of no confidence on PANDEF, saying the forum has no moral justification to negotiate for the region.
A statement that contained the decision was obtained by Bounce News' correspondent, John Dibie, after a meeting of the coalition held in Oloibri, Bayelsa State.
They claim members of the PANDEF have contributed to the massive under-development in the area.
Attacks on oil facilities stopped after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo visited the region and held talks with some top leaders but the coalition is threatening to begin severe fresh attacks on oil facilities across the region.
The Coalition also called for the immediate sack of some members of the executive council - Ministers of Petroleum, Dr. Ibe kachikwu and Niger Delta, Usani Uguru, the Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba and Managing Director, Mr Nkere Nsima, over what they called ‘very poor’ attitude towards the development of the region.
The Coalition noted with regret that PANDEF was made up of persons who have held various positions either elective or appointive in government in Nigeria since the early 70's but could not attract meaningful development to the region.
The militants claimed that these persons have steadily pursued their selfish ambition and aspirations.
The 9 Militant Groups which had accepted dialogue with the Federal Government, described PANDEF as a group made up of former thieves in government.
They said: “Such calibre of persons cannot represent the region which is in dire need of rapid social development with their rich history of corruption.
“The Federal Government should dialogue with persons with credibility and genuine heart for the development of the region, as persons with the toga of corruption should not be allowed to discuss with the Federal government under any guise".
At the meeting of the coalition are the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders Council, Niger Delta Supreme Egbesu Fighters, Niger Delta Red Scorpion Fighters, Niger Delta Youth Mandate for Justice, Niger Delta Liberation Force, Niger Delta Fighters for Resource Control, Niger Delta Fighters for Urhobo Resource Control and Bakasi People's Liberation Force.