The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, one of the latest militant groups to emerge in the troubled oil-rich region, announced on Tuesday that it destroyed the Afiesere-Iwhrenene pipeline in Ughelli North local government area in Delta State. The group threatened that it would continue to blow up pipelines should the military continue its operations in the Niger Delta.
Read the full press release, unedited, below:
The Niger Delta is not a conquered territory and our people have never succumbed to intimidation before, rather we match force with the oppressor's brutality. The Nigerian government should already know that the people of this part are not fools, who will not be able to see when they are being treated with disdain.
The High Command of the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate once again says to the deceptive and untrustworthy Nigerian government and its cowardly armed forces; our people shall not deal with you on your terms, but on mutual terms. Until you drop these deceptive and master/servant pose, OPERATION CROCODILE TEARS shall persist.
As a mark of our faith to totally grounding the Nigerian oil economy, the gallant "OPUDO" strike forces brought down the AFIESERE- IWHRENENE major delivery line in Ughelli North, leading to the UPS/UQCC operated by NPDC/SHORELINES at about 1am today 13th sept 2016.
Our patience is running out on our people living close to major oil and gas facilities in the upland areas of our region, the more critical assets of the oil sector are still alive because we are being careful not to hurt our people. For the last time, leave these areas if you live around them and if you love your lives.
GEN ALDO AGBALAJA