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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Militants vow to attack Imo state govt, oil companies

Militants have promised an imminent attack on the government and oil facilities in Imo state.
Militants have promised an imminent attack on the government and
oil facilities in Imo state.

A new militant group, the Niger Delta Red Squad (NDRS), which has carried out attacks on oil facilities in Imo state, has threatened to unleash more attacks in the future.

In the current threat by the group, signed by one General Don Wannie, the militants threatened to attack some government and oil facilities in Imo state. According to Vanguard, the group fumed that oil producing communities have nothing to show for the many years of oil exploration and exploitation. “Oil companies started operation in our community since 1957, but up till date, we have nothing to show as benefit. For Imo State government, we will make sure you make no further gains from Ohaji/Egbema.

“Since God’s creation, neither Imo State government nor oil companies have remembered us. We have been neglected and abandoned. No electricity. No tarred roads. No drinking water. No hospital. No youth employment or empowerment.  We shall destroy everything in Imo State that was built with our oil money,” NDRS stated.  The group which claimed responsibility for an attack on a facility operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company in Awarra, Ohaji/Egbema local council area of the state promised to inflict maximum damage to oil facilities, if Ohaji/Egbema communities are not given due benefits from their oil resource.

The militants equally promised an imminent attack on the facilities of Waltersmith Petroleum Oil Limited. NDRS said: “We will let them know that the security which they claim to have is insufficient. So, they should go and hire more because we are coming to attack them any moment from now.” Meanwhile, the Members of the Delta Waterways Security Committee (DWSC) have warned the Niger Delta Avengers to stop bombing of pipelines or risk confrontation with Itsekiri people. Vanguard reports that Comrade Omolubi Newuwum who is an ex-Itsekiri warlord said the bombing of pipelines in the region by the Avengers was provoking the Itsekiri people. He said the reason why the people are not taking up arms against the government was because they were peaceful.