—AFTER attacking the 42-inch delivery line operated by Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC and Niger Delta Western, in Otu-Jeremi, Delta State, weekend, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, NDGJM, yesterday announced that it was not ready for talks with the Federal Government.
NDGJM, which also warned government to be cautious of conflict merchants and political jobbers in the region, in a statement by “Gen” Aldo Agbalaja, the militant group said: “Be wary of these political jobbers, whose stock in trade has always been using the struggle to profiteer. We have severally indicated how to end this and definitely not through political jobbers and conflict merchants.
If, and when we have reasons to trust anybody to hold discussions with, we shall, through this same medium, announce the process and the persons. This is a warning for the wise.” It claimed its Akuma strike force hit the delivery line at about 04.00 hours on Sunday, November 27, “to register our presence and jolt those probably slipping into delusion, back to reality.”
Not by militants However, some Urhobo youth leaders, who spoke to Vanguard yesterday, disputed the claim that the incident was caused by militants. One of them, the national secretary of Urhobo Youth Leaders Association, Mr. Vincent Oyibode, said: “The fire explosion at Oghior OML 34, Abura Field, in Udu Local Government Area, Delta State, was caused because of the negligence of NPDC, not an attack by militants.
I went to the scene with the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in Udu and that of Ughelli South, Army, Special Assistant to the Governor on Security, Mr. Godwin Okporoko, President of Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, Youth Wing, Udu chapter, Comrade Sunday Subi.
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