Communities in Delta State Gives Military 72 Hours to Release Alleged NDA Militants

by on May 18, 2016

Communities in Delta state hosting the facilities of Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) have given Nigerian soldiers 72 hours to produce Chevron staff in their custody.

The Communities also dismissing claims by the military that the five persons arrested over the weekend were militants bombing oil and gas facilities in the area.

According to them, the five alleged militants were actually contract workers for the American oil giants, inspecting earlier bombed pipelines ahead of the visit of the Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) team to inspect the extent of damage when the military troops swooped on them.

The communities stated that the workers were with their identification cards and were ferried to the site in Chevron’s boat, adding that their explanations that they were sent for inspection fell on deaf ears as they were taken to the military base at Koko and locked up.

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To this end, the communities have given Chevron 72 hours to Chevron to effects the release of the said oil workers; else they would withdraw all the surveillance workers, among other workers working for oil firms in the area as their safety were no longer guaranteed.
The host communities accused Chevron of paying lip service to arrest of the five community workers, saying that the military was harassing and intimidating community oil workers as Chevron has failed to come to their aid.

Speaking on behalf Oil producing Communities,the Chairman of Kokodiagbene, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, who spoke on behalf of the oil producing communities in the area, expressed dismay over nonchalant attitude of the management of Chevron over the arrest of the alleged five workers branded Avengers.

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He said: ‘’It is pertinent to state that we are no longer safe in the hands of security agents going by the constant harassment of our people. We have handed a 72-hour ultimatum to Chevron to ensure the release of those arrested oil workers and if they fail to do this, we will withdraw all our services from all the oil companies including, Shell, Chevron, NPDC and Neconde.

‘’We are not Niger Delta Avengers. We are law abiding citizens of Nigeria and those workers were doing their legitimate work when the JTF pounced on them and arrested them, thereafter proclaiming to the world that they have arrested Avengers. They should adopt more of intelligence in doing their work otherwise they would end up killing innocent people in the communities

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  • pando
    May 18, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Military has arrested the pipe line bombers. Wonderful, Congrats, idiots of a military. Keep arresting innocent citizens to justify the huge money Buhari is wasting in the name of security votes and yet probing monies meant for security votes in the last govt


  • May 18, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I said it from the begining.Innocent children.Sorry ya?


    • Tim
      May 18, 2016 at 10:29 am

      A lot of abuses, not working in accordance to war laws, killing and incarcerating young vibrant Niger Delta youths, the list is endless, as a former American Oil worker, I appeal to Obama and his UK counterpt should not sell deadly warplanes, helis and other weapons of mass destruction to Nigerian military. NA is deadly wit so much so breaches as their trademk. God help Nigeria.


  • May 18, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I said it from the begining.Innocent children.Sorry ya


  • May 20, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Comment…Nigeria HV no govt


  • Arunsi Ulo-Ubi
    May 22, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    How did you expect the pipe bombers to be there till you comes. ? Aren’t you military dam crazy? Release those innocent guys before you tag them five missing chibok boys fund. Yeye government .


  • DE. Best
    May 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    it suprise mi till now. avengers never said they arrested their members. JTF beter release those workers now and stop molesting the innocent. mind you people go to toilet in the bush in such area dont arrest such people to come and tell the word you have arested other avengers… rubbish.


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