A new militant group, Red Egbesu Water Lions, has surfaced in the Niger Delta region. The new militant group released a statement through its Creek Network Coordinator, “General” Torunanawei Latei, stating that it was teaming up with the Niger Delta Avengers and Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The group issued the Federal Government a seven-day ultimatum to unconditionally release Nnamdi Kanu, leader of IPOB. It also demanded the release of former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki. It also directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to defreeze the bank accounts of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupol, alias Tompolo.
It threatened to shut down all oil exploration activities in the Niger Delta at the expiration of the ultimatum. The new militant group also demanded “unconditional immediate payment to victims of the Bonga Oil Spill and Chevron gas explosion in Koluama, Bayelsa state.”
The group criticized the government’s lawlessness and ‘disobedience of court orders’ .
“It is extremely important to note that the engine room of the national interest is the executive obedience to court orders, protection and preservation the of citizens’ constitutional liberties. Justification of executive disobedience to court orders as a protection of national interest is abominable. This is a deliberate ploy to bend the law and suspend the 1999 Constitution. We ask: does President Muhammadu Buhari have any legal capacity to declare anyone as a criminal? Disobedience to court orders is an act of executive rascality in the country.”
It is not yet clear as at Wednesday whether the new militant group is a resurrection of the Egbesu Mightier Fraternity Of Izon (Ijaw) Land, which became prominent five years ago. Its members had also threatened to eject people of northern origin from the region when the Boko Haram sect started attacking Christians in the North-East.