Niger Delta militants have announced expiration of their ceasefire from yesterday to resume attack on oil installations.
They have also criticizied the raid on the home of the Ijaw elder statesman Chief Edwin Clark by policemen.
The self-acclaimed regional freedom fighters have also demanded fthe relocation of headquarters of multinational oil companies to the Niger Delta region by December.
A statement yesterday under the name, Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators, reiterated their stand on restructuring of the country.
They berated the Federal Government and Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris for allegedly ordering security operatives ”to invade the Ijaw leader’s residence in Abuja “with the aim of assassinating him for championing restructuring and the course of Niger Delta people”.
Those who signed the statement, which was issued at the end of their general assembly meeting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, included: General John Duku (Niger Delta Watchdogs, Convener),
General Ekpo Ekpo (Niger Delta Volunteers), General Osarolor Nedam (Niger Delta Warriors), Majo-Gen. Henry Okon Etete (Niger Delta Peoples Fighters), Major-Gen. Asukwo Henshaw ( BakassiFreedom Fighters) and Major-Gen. Ibinabo Horsfall (Niger Delta Movement for Justice).
Others are, Major-Gen. Duke Emmanson (Niger Delta Fighters),Major-Gen. Inibeghe Adams (Niger Delta Freedom Mandate), Major-Gen. Abiye Tariah (Niger Delta Development Network), Major-Gen. Joshua Ebere (Renewed Movement for Emancipation of the Niger Delta), Major-Gen. Jeremiah Anthony (Movement for Actualization of Niger Delta Republic), Major Francis Okoroafor (Niger Delta Freedom Redemption Army) and Colonel Okochi Walter (Niger Delta Liberty Organization) as well as other representatives of major groups across the Niger Delta region.
They said, “The recent attempt on the life of Chief E. K. Clark is one in the series of people in the Southern and Middle Belt Forum penciled down for assassination or frame-up by this administration through the office of the Inspector General of Police conniving with some top government functionaries from the Niger Delta region, including two former governors, who just decamped from PDP to APC.
“Our intelligence further revealed that some of the people under the government watch-list that would either be assassinated or framed up are: Obong Victor Attah, Dr. Alfred Mulade, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (rtd), Senator Bassey Henshaw, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, Prof. Chigozie Ogbu and Dr. Isuwa Dogo and others, for attempting to stand against the killings across the country, as well as their stance on restructuring.
“The recent police action and attempt on the life of the Niger Delta leader is a wakeup call for action. We cannot continue to watch this continue.
“We also condemn the statements made by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, in respect of ‘the relocation of oil companies’ headquarters to Niger Delta and restructuring of the country’.
“After extensive deliberation on these issues, we hereby issue an ultimatum that any oil company that fails to relocate its headquarters to the Niger Delta between now and December, 2018, should stop operation and vacate the Niger Delta region or face the consequences.
“The refusal of the President to sign the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill into law is viewed as an attempt to forcefully control the Niger Delta resources by proxy. And we advise Mr. President to have a rethink on this issue.