Coalition of Niger Delta militants led by the Supreme Egbesu Freedom Fighters (SEFF) has vowed to cripple oil installations in the region if the Federal Government fails to inaugurate the substantive board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) after seven days.
The militants, who backed a similar ultimatum issued by a former Niger Delta warlord, Tompolo said they would shut down all major flow stations, oil wells and pipelines owned by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The protest embarked by the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide has received backing from the militants as they said after the ultimatum, they would shut down the Escravos-Warri to Kaduna NNPC major delivery crude lines, the Escravos Lagos Atlas Cove and the Trans-Escravos Warri-Kaduna gas line supplying electricity to Abuja and also disrupt the operations of the Trans-Forcados 48-inch terminal underwater Shell/NNPC crude pipeline and the Chevron RMP24 Clough Creek if Akpabio refuses to allow the Federal Government inaugurate the NDDC board.
The coalition in a statement issued on Monday through an electronic mail at the end of an emergency meeting convened by the SEFF’s Commanding Officer, ‘General Agadagba Obus popularly called Thunder, said the Trans-Nembe Bonny Creek Crude Pipeline would not be excluded from the coordinated operation, stated that: “And if Akpabio refuses to yield to this noble piece of advice and still go against the common interest of the Niger Delta people and decide to continue to hold the entire Niger Delta region to ransom and refuse to let go his grip, the economic consequences of our planned action should be on him.
“The Presidency and the Federal Government should hold Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and the Sole Administrator of the NDDC, Effiong Akwa responsible. The Supreme Egbesu Freedom Fighters and the other agitating militant groups should not be held responsible for whatever befalls the region
“We want to make it clear that with the way things are going, President Buhari, who was elected to provide good governance for the welfare and betterment of the Niger Delta people and Nigerians at large, has refused to listen to cries of the Niger Delta people.
“It is high time Mr. President and the APC-led federal government listened to the outcry of the large population of the Niger Delta region and urgently inaugurate the NDDC board for the interest of peace before it is too late.
“Maybe the Presidency does not like the way the Niger Delta region is calm despite ongoing disturbances in the country. The federal government should know that the Niger Delta region is the mainstay of the economy of this country.
“Now we are asking them peacefully to inaugurate the board of the NDDC but they are listening to one man, when we start bringing down all oil installations after seven days, we won’t listen to anybody. Nobody will calm us down not even the amnesty boss”