*We shall fight against all forms of criminality, militancy – JTF
Militants from the Niger Delta Sunday threatened to resume hostilities if within two weeks, the federal government failed to meet their seven days ultimatum.
The militants under the name of Niger Delta Creek Warriors which is a coalition of groups called off the ceasefire agreement on the claim that the federal government has failed to implement the demands of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF.
In a statement issued by the spokesman identified as General Christ, the groups made up of Niger Delta Creek Warriors, Ogunuma Camp of Niger Delta, Niger Delta Republic Seekers and Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders said they can no longer be fooled.
Part of the statement reads:
“It has come to our notice that President Muhammadu Buhari and his subordinates do not want the relative peace we’re having in the country. Having waited for long without implementing the demands by Pan-Niger Delta Elders Forum, a demand on behalf of the people of Niger Delta, we have no option than to withdraw our ceasefire deal with Federal Government. Demands
“We, therefore, give the Federal Government seven days ultimatum to address the following demands immediately as we cannot continue to be continuously deceived.
“We are aware that Shell Petroleum Development Company applied for renewal of oil blocks in Niger Delta and we have not seen what they have done before now (for our people). Let them go offshore.
“The Federal Government should immediately resettle Bakassi communities and implement every other sector of British, Germany, America and EU Green Tree Agreement. “Ogoni clean-up and entire Niger Delta region; Immediate take-off of Brass LNG; adequate funding of Okerenkoko Maritime University; upgrading of Maritime Academy, Oron to university status; immediate take-off of Gelegele seaport in Edo State; budgetary allocation for Strategic Work, Implementation Plan, SWIP, for Niger Delta.
“Immediate award/construction of the following roads in Niger Delta: Bonny, Bodo, Abonny, Idamo Abissa, Kula Road to Soku, Edem Sanga, Nembe Brass road to Akasa, Warri/Escravos, Warri to Ogulagha. “Finally, the seaport in Ekeremor Local Government Area in Bayelsa State, which will open the Izon nationwide to business, should be implemented immediately.
“Finally, the Federal Government, in the person of President Buhari should immediately make a categorical statement on restructuring the nation in order to bring the nation under one roof. Else, the Federal Government will leave us with no choice than to use Bonny, Membe and Forcados trunk lines, two weeks from now as a notice of resuming hostility in Niger Delta.”
But in a swift reaction, the Joint Task Force, JTF said the militants cannot threaten the federal government.
In a statement, the spokesman, Major Ibrahim Abubakar, said JTF was determined to fight against all forms of criminality and militancy in the Niger Delta.