Niger Delta militant group under the aegis of Concerned Militant Leaders (CML), has claimed responsibility for May 30th attack at Onitsha river, near Nkpor, Anambra State, where soldiers were feared dead, the Sun reports.
According to the information, not less than eight soldiers were killed in the the attack.
Spokesman of the group, simply identified as known as General Ben, made this revelation yesterday in the social media, adding that the group carried out the attack in Nkpor, Onitsha, where three persons were killed and a police patrol van burnt.
Speaking on behalf of the group, General Ben, in the statement, said the group’s action was to show the Federal Government and security agencies that they should neither underrate the activities of the Niger Delta militants, nor limit their operations to the region.
The Concerned Militant Leaders said the members were working alongside the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) to cripple the nation’s economy. Ben declared:
“My men were responsible for the killing of eight soldiers at Onitsha river. They were killed when my men attacked their military gunboat in Onitsha. We are responsible for the incident in Nkpor near Onitsha.
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“It may sound doubtful; but we want to tell Nigerians that we are not limited to Niger Delta region. This is a warning to the Nigerian government that no amount of security threat will deter us. More attacks will still take place.
“We stand by every ultimatum given to any group or company. We will touch the soul of the economy of this nation. We are not interested in resources but, sovereignty”.
General Ben went on to disclose that the group had no intention of striking yesterday, as it coincided with the anniversary of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB). However, he said: “We had to execute the operation to teach the military lesson. We have been quiet for a long time, but time for action has come”, he vowed.