The New Niger Delta militants are not smiling. They have given the Federal Government of Nigeria a seven-day ultimatum to release the Ipob leader, Nnamdi Kanu and Col. Sambo Dasuki – former National Security Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, or else all hell will let loose. These two have been in detention by the FG since December 2015.
Having been tried severally in court, their cases are yet to be resolved and release date indefinite. However, with the new militant group, Red Egbesu Water Lions, giving the FG a deadline, change is inevitable.
In a statement by its Coordinator, General Torunanawei Latei, the Niger Delta Militants threatened to team up with the Niger Delta Avengers to shut down oil and gas production in the region if its demands are not granted within the date given.
The group also demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari directs the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to restore the bank accounts of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, adding that the victims of the Bonga Oil Spill and Chevron gas explosion in Koluama, Bayelsa State should be compensated.
The Ijaw group agitators also emphasized that the Buhari-led federal government has become adamant to their requests and also consistent in deliberately disobeying 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 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,” they said.