Nige­rian mil­i­tants warn res­i­dents

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ABUJA — A war is brew­ing in the Niger Delta re­gion af­ter mil­i­tants warned res­i­dents liv­ing near oil and gas fa­cil­i­ties to va­cate the area in or­der to en­sure their own safety.

Ac­cord­ing to Naij, the Niger Delta Greenland Jus­tice Man­date (NDGJM) re­vealed that it had planted ex­plo­sives in sev­eral marked oil fa­cil­i­ties, with det­o­na­tion be­ing de­layed due to civil­ians still be­ing present in the area.

“One more time, we are warn­ing and at the same time ap­peal­ing to res­i­dents around ma­jor oil and gas fa­cil­i­ties across our re­gion to please evac­u­ate im­me­di­ately.

“All the marked fa­cil­i­ties in all the states have been rigged with ex­plo­sives at strate­gic points, wait­ing to be det­o­nated,” the group was quoted as say­ing.

The group also warned the Nige­rian gov­ern­ment of lies be­ing spread by Chief Ed­win Clark, a for­mer fed­eral min­is­ter of in­for­ma­tion who had pre­vi­ously been elected to lead a ne­go­ti­a­tion be­tween the mil­i­tants in the re­gion and of­fi­cials from the gov­ern­ment.

NDGJM has since stated that a cease­fire de­clared by Clark was yet “an­other cha­rade” and should be ig­nored, Sun News On­line re­ported.

The group claimed that it had no rea­son to halt its as­sault on oil fa­cil­i­ties in the Niger Delta at the cur­rent mo­ment, due to the gov­ern­ment not re­spond­ing to its mul­ti­ple de­mands.

NDGJM claimed a re­cent at­tack on a ma­jor trunk line op­er­ated by the Nige­rian Petroleum De­vel­op­ment Com­pany in Isoko.

The at­tack al­legedly came about as a re­sult of the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to con­cen­trate on mil­i­tants from a dif­fer­ent eth­nic group, the Ijaws, and its dia­logue plans, sub­se­quently ig­nor­ing other groups in the re­gion. — AFP

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