- The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate has warned NPDC against carrying out repairs on the blown up trunk line in Udu, Delta state
- The new militant group said it was in the struggle to correct an injustice that has lived with them, from the time of their fathers
- The group claims to be agitating for the upland host communities to oil facilities
Militants belonging to the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) have claimed responsibility for the blown up Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) major trunkline/delivery line in Udu local government area of Delta state.
In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Aldo Agbalaja, the group warned the NPDC not to effect any repair on the blasted facilities until the oil company heard from it, This Day reports.
The NDGJM said: “Peace cannot be realised in an unjust environment, like we said from the onset, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate is not just about causing calamity and delighting in chaos, rather a child of circumstance, bore to correct an injustice that has lived with us, from the time of our fathers.
“We are in this struggle, not to create any acrimony with our friends and brothers in the riverine axis, who are equal citizens of this over sapped region, but to call the attention of the world to our peculiar experience; that we, as people of diverse tongues and orientation, have kept faith with both the Nigerian government and oil multinationals over the years, by being peaceful, patient and law abiding all through the years, but have in turn been abused and abandoned by these same supposed partners.
“They have all along taken our quietness and disposition for peace and choice for orderliness for granted. We have watched and seen that they only encourage lawlessness and violence.”
The militant group said it would only embrace peace when its people and lands aret treated right
The NDGJM demanded that the federal government should call an urgent and all-encompassing meeting of genuine stakeholders of core Niger Delta communities, especially those from oil producing communities to create a truly Niger Delta platform, where real issues of injustice and what correcting them should look like.
The group added that The oil multinationals must be part of the meeting while the United Nations would serve as witness to this alongside some very credible international NGOs.
According to the group it was not comfortable with the insinuation that the whole of Niger Delta was involved in the ongoing negotiations between the federal government, oil companies and the Ijaw elements in region.
The militants asked the federal government to identify with a selection of very credible persons from all regions and not some political criminals looking for “breast pocket money.”
It also demanded that the military stop harassing its people and communities in the region, saying it was aware of “plots by the federal government to attack communities in the creek in the name of wiping out militancy.
The NPDC delivery line was blown up at about 2am on Friday, August 19, though security sources disclosed that the said gas trunk line has not been in use for a long time now and the militants just breached it to claim unnecessary attention.
It was attacked a few hours after the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2nd Division of the Nigerian Army, Ibadan, Major-General Kasimu Abdulkarim visited Asaba, the Delta state capital.