A Niger Delta militant group identified as Niger Delta Greenland Justice Movement, NDGJM, has defied the ongoing military “Operation Crocodile Smile” in the south-south region as it announced the commencement of its ‘Operation Crocodile Tears’ while claiming responsibility for an attack on the Ogor-Oteri major delivery line operated by the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company and Shorelines Petroleum in Delta state, in the early hours of today, August 30.
The Urhobo militant group in a statement by its leader, ‘Gen’ Aldo Agbalaja, stated that the attack was carried out by its Uproot Team B, adding that the military had launched “Operation Crocodile Smile” to supposedly worsen the Niger Delta crisis, hence, the need for them to come up with a counter programme, ‘Operation Crocodile Tears’.
“Recent developments around our region, especially as it concerns the issue of justice and our inalienable right to protect our heritage, have proven us right all along. Now it has become clearer who is serious about getting justice for our people and who has been using the name of the region and the destinies of all our peoples to feather their nests, raising dusts merely to harass the Nigerian state and the oil multinationals into parting with money.
“Although some selfish machinery, merely put together to achieve some pecuniary ends, has been parading in the name of the peoples of the Niger Delta, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate will not be derailed on its mission to getting justice for the people.”
The group made it clear that those who want to join the self acclaimed leaders of the region to make quick money in the arrangement they had put together were free to do so, but it revealed its lack of confidence in the show they put together, calling it a pan Niger Delta initiative.
It said those people could speak for Ijaw nation, but certainly not all the nations in the region, adding:
“When lines are blurred, justice is most likely to be miscarried. If there shall be a negotiation, it must be seen and indeed, must be in actual sense, be representing all the individual nations of the region equally.”
The militant group went on to state that the drama that trailed the visit of some Ijaw royal fathers to the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, in Abuja recently is more reason why equity must be a factor in setting up a body that will dialogue on behalf of all the peoples of the Niger Delta.
“If the said leader could not respect the royal fathers of his ethnic nation, if he is lording his will over them, what chance do other nations have, which do not have adequate representation?
“That said, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate will no longer sit quietly watching the endless harassment of our people in various parts of the region by the Nigerian military.
“We had once warned against the victimization and harassment of defenseless people of the region, especially in the creeks, but rather than heed, the Nigerian military has increased its presence and made life more difficult for our people.
“They are now killing our people on the basis of mere suspicion, this cannot continue.”
Announcing their resolve to fight back, the militants said:
“With the launch of their ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate is also serving a notice on the commencement of our Operation Crocodile Tears.
“It shall from now on be an eye for an eye; for every military atrocity carried out in the creeks and hinterland of the Niger Delta, the Nigerian armed forces will have the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate to contend with.”
To this end, NDGJM alerted all those working in the UQCC/UPS Erhomukokwarien in Ughelli, Eriemu Pigging Manifold in Agbarha, Otorogun Gas Plant, Olomoro Flow Station, Warri Refinery, Port Harcourt Refinery, Eleme, OB-OB and Obite gas plants in Omoku to evacuate because according to them, what is coming to those facilities are beyond what anybody has seen before.
They maintained that they had no intention of spilling innocent blood hence, the advise to all ndigenes living in the vicinity of the facilities to relocate for the time being. Agbalaja said.
“The world should, however, note that the bloodbath that is about to commence in our already beaten, battered, squeezed and impoverished homeland, the Niger Delta.
“It is all the baby of the Nigerian government; they are the people, who are in one breath preaching resolution through dialogue and also breathing bullets and bombs on a troubled, but trusting people.
“Hold the Nigerian President responsible for the genocide that his armed forces is about to unleash on our people.”