As a way of expressing their displeasure with the manner in which the ongoing crisis in the region is being handled, the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, JNDLF, has announced that they are set to blow up 10 oil and gas facilities in Bayelsa.
According to the group, the oil and gas pipelines running from Ogboinbiri in Southern Ijaw, Bayelsa State, to Obrinkon in Ikwerre LGA of Rivers state are “to be finally cut off from transmission.”
This was revealed in a statement by Gen. Akotebe Darikoro (Commander, General Duties), Torunnanaowei Latei (Creeks Network Coordinator) and others, adding that the group would immediately proceed to bomb the flow stations of Ogboinbiri, Oporoma, Peremabiri, Tabidaba, Nembe, Brass, Chevron platform in Koluama, Okordia-Zarama and Biseni, including Gbarain-Ubie gas gathering plant.
The statement read in part:
“We further warn those staying around and within those areas to please leave because our mission is to cripple the economy of the country and not to kill any human being on earth.
“The Nigerian security who are claiming they are securing the oil facilities in the region should stay away at their dwelling places and see whether their safety will be guaranteed by the music on those days.”
Surprisingly, JNDLF commended Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources,”for the bold steps he personally took to resolve the injustice created and sponsored by the wicked companies and government in Nigeria”. They however, made it plain that their struggle was beyond monetary gains.
The statement also said:
“Our Field Commanders have been instructed what to do and those who are on standby in Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Edo, Delta Cross River await after Bayelsa state operations.
“We further warn that henceforth, any attack on Ijaw communities or person(s) by the military or para-military bodies in the region, we will not hesitate to order our shoot-at-sight squad of any uniformed personnel in the region.”
JNDLF concluded by disclosing that the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) were not resident in Delta state. According to them, they only go there to strike and return back safely to the struggle base, Bayelsa state.