The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, NDJM, a militant group in the south-south, today, September 29, blew up another delivery line belonging to the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, in Delta State.
The group in a statement by self-styled Gen. Aldo Agbalaja, said the action was to reaffirm its commitment to fighting for the control of the natural resource located in their region.
The statement partly reads:
“As a mark of our commitment to a just course and to prove to the wicked and ungrateful multinational oil companies and their Nigerian military allies, who have been forcefully taking our natural endowment, without any visible returns, that we own our lands, the Opudo Strike Team of the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, at about 01. 00 hour today, 29th Sept 2016, bombed the Unenurhie-Evwreni delivery line in Ughelli south/north respectively operated by NPDC.
“We want to assure the oil multinational companies that we are determined to end their operations in our lands and this we shall if they fail to show the will to change their relationship with our people and their operational attitude in our lands.”
The group further stated that no amount of military presence and protection as well as ‘shoddily arranged military operation’ can dampen the will of its gallant fighters, adding that “the same way their ( Nigerian Army) Operation Crocodile Smile was sunken by our Operation Crocodile Tears is how all their schemes against our land and people will continue to be defeated.
It went on to state the condition to be met before they can stop their destructive activities saying:
“Like we have said, this will only stop when you turn a new leaf, adopt a sincere attitude, give back to our people what naturally should be theirs, advise the government rightly, stop thinking there’s an army to protect you from justice, do these and all that you know are good.
“If you do these, be assured to have a good relationship with our people and real protection for your personnel and assets across our lands.”
Meanwhile, another militant group, Niger Delta Justice Defence Group, has sent the government of President Muhammadu Buhari a serious warning with regards to the proposed sale of some government assets, threatening to destroy any asset sold in their region.