NDA THREATENS TO ATTACK GOVERNORS’ CONVOYS, SEE THEIR GRIEVANCES

Niger-DeltaAvengersPirate militants cultists niger delta nigerdeltaThe Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), a group of militants that have claimed responsibility for attacks on oil and gas facilities in the oil-rich Niger Delta, yesterday threatened to attack seven state governors’ convoys. In what it termed ‘last warning’ to the governors in the South-South and South-East, the group demanded the release of pro- Biafra activists in the custody of police and military in their respective states.

In a statement signed by the group’s spokesperson, Mudoch Agbinibo, the militant group gave the governors 72 hours to free the Biafran agitators.

The affected governors are Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Willie Obiano (Anambra), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta).

In a statement posted on its website, the militants vowed to attack the governors’ convoys if they fail to secure the release of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in police or military custody. Also, the militants said it would carry out attacks on police stations, military bases and government offices in the seven states.

The NDA said: “We request the immediate release of all pro-Biafra activists held in your various Police/military custody. You are hereby given 72 hours to release them or risk your convoys, police stations, military bases and government offices being attacked.

“We are not negotiating with anybody and nobody is representing us. In 48 hours, we will release a video clip showing our arms and the targeted areas. “All strike team already in position awaiting command,” the NDA said.

Scores of MASSOB and IPOB members were feared dead on May 30 when they clashed with security agents in some South-East states and Delta State. The clashes broke out following plans by the two separatist groups to organise the 49th anniversary of the declaration of the sovereign State of Biafra in 1967 by the late Col. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu- Ojukwu. Police arrested over 400 pro-Biafran agitators in Imo, Anambra, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi and Delta states.

Some clergymen, who conducted inter-denominational service for the agitators, were also arrested.

Those arrested were arraigned in courts and were subsequently granted bail, but some others are still being held in custody or in prison. Just recently, the pro- Biafran groups pledged allegiance with the Niger Delta militants.

This show of solidarity might have been responsible for the NDA’s ultimatum to the governors, calling for the release of Biafra groups. In another statement issued later yesterday, the group also said it was ready to engage the Federal Government in dialogue, if it met its stringent conditions. Giving conditions for the talks, the NDA in a statement posted on its website stated that: “The high command of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) is using this medium to restate that there are no new items to put on the table for dialogue, we only want a genuine attitude and conducive atmosphere that will make us commit to any proposed dialogue and lasting peace talk.