A new militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, has claimed responsibility for the Friday morning destruction of oil pipelines operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State.
The group made this known in a statement signed by its spokesperson, “Gen.” Aldo Agbalaja, late Friday evening and made available to Sunday Tribune in Warri, Delta State through email.
The militant group also warned against carrying out repairs on the blown-up trunk line.
“At about 0200hrs of Friday 19th, 2016, the formidable strike team in charge of “OPERATION ZERO” brought down another major trunk/delivery line operated by NPDC in Udu Local Government Area (Urhobo) of Delta State.
“We would also like to warn that no repairs should take place on that pipeline pending when signals come from us.
“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, born to correct an injustice that has lived with us from the time of our fathers,” the group stated.
They warned the Federal Government to shelve its plan “to attack communities in the creeks in the name of wiping out militancy.
“Such purported plans should cease forthwith, as an injury to one is an injury to all. Otherwise, the Federal Government should also be ready to wipe out the entire uplands,” the statement read.
The group also added its voice to the calls that headquarters of all oil multinationals be relocated to their various bases of operation immediately.
It advised militant groups of Ijaw extraction to focus on issues affecting the entire Niger Delta region and its people, saying “it does nobody any good if one usurps the rights and identity of the other. All of us suffer the same injustice and it is an injustice extended if only you are in focus, while the rest of the region pines away. Live and let live.”