October 1, 2017 has too many deadlines hanging on its neck.

First it was a group of northern youths warning Igbos resident in the north to relocate or face dire consequences.

Now its the turn of militants in Nigeria's oil rich Niger Delta also pushing for divisions among the people.

They have also threatened to resume attacks on oil installations and facilities in the region starting from September 10.

This was contained in a joint statement issued on by leaders of the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators (NDA) and which was titled ‘Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators to resume attacks on September 10, 2017; Northerners, the Yoruba to leave Niger Delta before October 1, 2017’.

The statement was signed by John Duku, convener of the NDA, Ekpo Ekpo (Niger Delta volunteers); Osarolor Nedam (Niger Delta warriors); Henry Okon Etete (Niger Delta peoples fighters); Asukwo Henshaw (Bakassi freedom fighters); and Ibinabo Horsfall (Niger Delta movement for justice).

The coalition said its demand on 100 percent control of the resources in the region still stands.

It also asked the federal government to hand over all oil blocks owned by the northerners/Yoruba to Niger Delta indigenes.

This is the second time this year the militants are asking northerners to leave their region.