Niger Delta : Militants ask Northerners to leave region before October

Evrard Martin
Août 11, 2017

Niger Delta militants have asked the Yoruba and northerners resident in the region to leave before October 1, 2017. Signatories to the statement provided to Nigerian reporters include Niger Delta Watchdogs, Niger Delta Warriors, and Niger Delta Peoples Fighters.

"The Federal Government should hand over all oil blocks owned by the northerners/Yoruba to Niger Delta indigenes".

"At the general council meeting of the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators (CNDA) involving surveillance department, intelligence department and commanding officers held today to deliberate on the recent development in the Niger Delta and Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) meeting with the Acting President, after hours of careful deliberations, we unanimously resolved to commence Operation Zero Oil in the Niger Delta from September 10, 2017 as a preparation for the actualization of Niger Delta Republic", the statement read, suggesting an emerging separatist movement. This is to ensure zero oil/gas production before October 1, 2017.

"We totally condemn the recent meeting between PANDEF and the Acting President; we see it as another plot to deceive the Niger Delta people".

"We wish to let the Acting President know that those he met have no capacity and can not solve the current crisis in the Niger Delta; therefore they can not represent the militants or speak for the Niger Delta people". The coalition, in a statement signed by the leaders of the groups, on Thursday, August 10, said it was determined to declare the Republic of Niger Delta on October 1, Vanguard reports.

The militants had earlier agreed to stop bombing pipelines, following Acting President Yemi Osinbajo's peace meeting with stakeholders in oil producing states.

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