The Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) says it will blow up oil
installations in Nigeria if President Muhammadu Buhari sacks the
Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Charles
Dokubo and replaces him with Dennis Otuaro, an aide to former Niger
Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo (Tompolo).
In a statement by its spokesman, Johnmark Ezonebi, the group said,
"After an emergency meeting at the Benin River, we took a stand
against the speculated gang up to remove the Amnesty coordinator and
to be replaced with the Delta state deputy governor's younger brother,
who is a stakeholder of PDP and allied to wanted militant warlord,
"It was the RNDA that made up nine militant groups in the creek that
accepted the federal government’s ceasefire agreement for peace and
worked hard to the eventual emergence of Buhari as President, while
the Tompolo's group mobilized and fight against the President
Buhari-led APC federal government from inception till date.
“Mr. Dennis Otuoaro, who is also one of the three apostles of Tompolo
that were fighting against president Muhammadu Buhari led APC federal
government cannot be appointed as the Special Adviser to the President
on Niger and the Presidential Amnesty coordinator.
“RNDA want to make it clear that any attempt to remove or to replace
Dokubo would lead to collateral damage on all oil facilities and oil
installations. We will cripple all the major oil pipelines in the
creek of Niger Delta. Enough of this infighting, blackmail and
outright falsehoods against Prof. Charles Dokubo. A word is enough for
The militants added, “The RNDA will not fold its hand and watch things
deteriorate; as it has come to its notice the desperate moves by the
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, to hijack and hand over the
Amnesty office to one of the allies of the former Moribund Niger Delta
Avengers (NDA) group."
However, the Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative (IPDI) in a statement
on Wednesday, by its acting spokesman, Timi Ogobiri, said Otuaro was
qualified to replace Dokubo.
"It's untrue to say that the anticipated appointment of Chief Dennis
Otuaro is compensation to former Niger Delta freedom fighter, high
chief Government Ekpomupolo.
"But it's the level of Dennis commitment to Niger Delta question that
earns him this opportunity and there is nothing wrong been appointed
as PAP Coordinator."