By Dipo Olowookere
A Niger Delta militant group called the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) has claimed responsibility for the bombing of an oil facility in Delta State belonging to NPDC/ND WESTERN.
NDGJM said its Akuma Strike Force Team carried out the attack in the early hours of Sunday at Otu-Jeremi.
The group, in a statement signed by its spokesman, General Aldo Agbalaja, the latest bombing was to register their presence as far as the crisis in the Niger Delta region is concerned.
General Agbalaja said the group brought down the 42 inch delivery line operated by NPDC/ND WESTERN in Otu-Jeremi. According to a release signed by the militant group’s spokesperson,
“In the last few weeks, we have been silent and observing. The period of silence was definitely not of inactivity; as a matter of fact, it was rather a strategy session, the fruits of which shall start showing up in the coming days. However, to register our presence and jolt those probably slipping into delusion back to reality,” a part of the statement read.
The group further said it has “observed the calculated psychological attack recently initiated by the Nigerian security forces against our people, believing that by pursuing and arresting our people the struggle will be defeated and our resolve would be quelled.
“This will not work because what motivates us is stronger than the Nigerian kind of patriotism. Once again, we proclaim that we shall fight till the last man alive.”
The militants advised the Federal Government to be wary of who it listens to.
“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,” the group said.
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