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NDDC board: Niger Delta militants back Tompolo, vow to cripple oil installations after seven days

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A coalition of militant teams from the 9 states of the Niger Delta led by the Supreme Egbesu Freedom Fighters (SEFF) has vowed to cripple oil installations within the area if the Federal Authorities fails to inaugurate the substantive board of the Niger Delta Improvement Fee (NDDC) after seven days.

The militants, who backed an identical ultimatum issued by a former Niger Delta warlord, Authorities Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo, stated they might shut down all main stream stations, oil wells and pipelines owned by the Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Company (NNPC).

They requested President Muhammadu Buhari to name Akpabio and his cronies to order and instantly inaugurate the board to avert the looming large blow on crude oil manufacturing.

Whereas supporting the continued protest of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, the militants stated after the ultimatum, they might shut down the Escravos-Warri to Kaduna NNPC main supply crude strains, the Escravos Lagos Atlas Cove and the Trans-Escravos Warri-Kaduna fuel line supplying electrical energy to Abuja.

Additionally they threatened to disrupt the operations of the Trans-Forcados 48-inch terminal underwater Shell/NNPC crude pipeline and the Chevron RMP24 Clough Creek if Akpabio refuses to permit the Federal Authorities inaugurate the NDDC board.

The coalition in a press release issued on Monday by way of an piece of email on the finish of an emergency assembly convened by the SEFF’s Commanding Officer, ‘Basic Agadagba Obus popularly referred to as Thunder, stated the Trans-Nembe Bonny Creek Crude Pipeline wouldn’t be excluded from the coordinated operation.

The militants within the assertion stated: “And if Akpabio refuses to yield to this noble piece of recommendation and nonetheless go towards the frequent curiosity of the Niger Delta folks and determine to proceed to carry your complete Niger Delta area to ransom and refuse to let go his grip, the financial penalties of our deliberate motion needs to be on him.

“The Presidency and the Federal Authorities ought to maintain Akpabio, the minister of Niger Delta Affairs and the Sole Administrator of the NDDC, Effiong Akwa accountable. The Supreme Egbesu Freedom Fighters and the opposite agitating militant teams shouldn’t be held liable for no matter befalls the area

“We wish to make it clear that with the way in which issues are going, President Buhari, who was elected to offer good governance for the welfare and betterment of the Niger Delta folks and Nigerians at massive, has refused to take heed to cries of the Niger Delta folks”.

The militants stated they might not fold their arms and permit Akpabio and his cohorts to garbage the collective will and aspirations of the Niger Delta folks.

They stated Akpabio’s strangulation of the NDDC was irritating the tireless peace efforts of some political leaders just like the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-agege.

The militants famous that Akpabio’s grip on the NDDC beneath the guise of conducting a forensic audit was a ploy to shortchange different states within the Niger Delta area.

They stated regardless of not being a part of the continued secession agitation within the Southeast, the federal authorities nonetheless turned deaf ears to their agitation for the inauguration of the NDDC board.

They stated: “It’s excessive time Mr. President and the APC-led federal authorities listened to the outcry of the big inhabitants of the Niger Delta area and urgently inaugurate the NDDC board for the curiosity of peace earlier than it’s too late.

“Perhaps the Presidency doesn’t like the way in which the Niger Delta area is calm regardless of ongoing disturbances within the nation. The federal authorities ought to know that the Niger Delta area is the mainstay of the financial system of this nation.

“Now we’re asking them peacefully to inaugurate the board of the NDDC however they’re listening to at least one man, once we begin bringing down all oil installations after seven days, we gained’t take heed to anyone. No one will calm us down not even the amnesty boss”.

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