A coalition of Niger Delta Agitators and Youth Leaders across the region have given a three months’ notice for Northerners living in the Niger Delta states to quite or face their wrath.
The group made this declaration yesterday, while reaffirming their earlier stand that oil blocks owned by Northerners should be returned to the region.
The group leaders include General John Duku (Niger Delta Watchdogs), General Ekpo Ekpo (Niger Delta Volunteers), General Osarolor Nedam (Niger Delta Warriors), Major- Gen Henry Okon Etete (Niger Delta Peoples Fighters), Major- Gen Asukwo Henshaw (Bakassi Freedom Fighters) , Major-Gen
Ibinabo Horsfall(Niger Delta Movement for Justice), Major-Gen Duke Emmanson (Niger Delta Fighters Network), Major-Gen. Inibeghe Adams
(Niger Delta Freedom Mandate) and Major-Gen. Ibinabo Tariah (Niger Delta Development Network).
The agitators said: “As a follow up of our previous press release, a joint meeting between the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators and Youth Leaders across the Niger Delta region held today in Port Harcourt to review the state of the Nigeria nation, the position of Niger Delta in Nigerian state. After hours of deliberation, we hereby resolved as follows:
“All Northerners living in Niger Delta have been given three months’ notice to quit the Niger Delta before October 1, 2017.”
“We want to sound this as a warning to all the Northerners living in Niger Delta to quit our land before October 1, 2017 as this is not just a threat; after October 1, 2017 any Northerner found within the Republic of Niger Delta shall be seen as an intruder and shall be treated as such. We also use this opportunity to advise oil & gas companies in our territory to shut down further operations; PENGASSAN and NUPENG to withdraw their members from Niger Delta before October 1, 2017 or risk their lives. Our next action will surprise you.”
“We still stand by our previous decisions and we demand immediate return of oil blocs owned by Northerners back to the Niger Delta people. All oil & gas companies operating in oil bloc(s)/well(s) illegally owned by Northerners should also vacate such oil blocs/wells/plat-forms before October 1, 2017.”
“We demand immediate relocation of NNPC Headquarters to Niger Delta and replacement of the Group Managing Director of NNPC with an indigene of the Niger Delta region. All offices/boards/agencies that have anything to do with oil & gas should be relocated immediately to Niger Delta region and all non-Niger Delta Directors/staff replaced with Niger Delta indigenes.”
The agitators, who made their position public in a letter signed by the various leaders at the end of their meeting in Port Harcourt, alleged that security agencies were aware of the quit notice to the Easterners by the Arewa youths, stressing that they are ready to declare the Sovereign Republic of Niger Delta by October 1, this year.
“We are not surprise by the actions of the Inspector General of Police, Department of State Service and even the Army as they were all consulted and were fully aware of the threat by Northern youths before it was issued; that is why they are incapable of making any arrest.”
“We shall bring to our people a nation that shall guarantee equal opportunity, justice and shall respect the rule of law and uphold the sanctity of human life