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Niger Delta Militants threaten to resume attacks

A coalition of the militant groups claimed that the Federal Government has not fulfilled its promises that led to the agreement of a ceasefire.

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This photo of militants is for illustrative purposes only

(Street Journal)
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Months after peace returned to the Niger Delta region following ceasefire by militants, the gunmen may return to the creeks.

A coalition of the militant groups has threatened to resume attacks, claiming the Federal Government has not fulfilled its promises that led to the agreement of a ceasefire.

In a statement authorised by four leaders of the groups, they said if the Federal Government does not show commitment to their agreement by swinging to immediate action, destruction of oil pipelines will inevitably resume.

The statement said: "There is no more time; the Federal Government must act now and show seriousness and commitment to the plight of Niger Delta or we will be forced to resume attacks.

"We must make sure we liberate our people from the slavery of the Nigerian state. We believe that the Federal Government will not be surprised to see another crisis in the Niger Delta and they should not blame anyone if such happens.

"The Federal Government, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, is not sincere in resolving the Niger Delta crisis."

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The militants faulted the visit of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to the region when President Muhammadu Buhari was away on medical vacation.

"We know very well that the visit of the Vice-President (then Acting President) to oil producing states was a big scam, camouflage, deceit and delay tactics by the Federal Government to achieve its normal daily crude oil production," they said.

"We want to state here clearly that we are tired of all unfulfilled promises; we are tired of developing Niger Delta in the media, we are tired of the Vice-President’s unending meetings without follow-up actions."

The statement was authorised by leader of Niger Delta Watchdog, 'General' John Duku; 'General' Ekpo Ekpo of the Niger Delta Volunteers, 'Commander' Henry Etete of the Niger Delta People’s Fighters and 'Commander' Asuquo Henshaw of the Bakassi Freedom Fighters.

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