Niger Delta militants have announced expiration of ceasefire and have vowed to resume attacks on oil installations.
They, also, condemned invasion of the home of Ijaw elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, by policemen.
The self-acclaimed regional freedom fighters have demanded the relocation of headquarters of multinational oil companies to the Niger Delta region.
The militants, in a statement they issued on Wednesday under the name, Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators, reiterated their stand on restructuring the country. They berated the Federal Government and Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for allegedly ordering security operatives to invade the Ijaw leader’s residence in Abuja, “with the aim of assassinating him for championing restructuring and the course of Niger Delta people.”
Signatories to the statement, which was issued at the end of their general assembly meeting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, include General John Duku (Niger Delta Watchdogs, Convener), General Ekpo Ekpo (Niger Delta Volunteers), General Osarolor Nedam (Niger Delta Warriors), Major-Gen. Henry Okon Etete (Niger Delta Peoples Fighters), Major-Gen. Asukwo Henshaw (Bakassi Freedom Fighters) and Major-Gen. Ibinabo Horsfall (Niger Delta Movement for Justice).
Others are Major-Gen. Duke Emmanson (Niger Delta Fighters), Major-Gen. Inibeghe Adams (Niger Delta Freedom Mandate), Major-Gen. Abiye Tariah (Niger Delta Development Network), Major-Gen. Joshua Ebere (Renewed Movement for Emancipation of the Niger Delta), Major-Gen. Jeremiah Anthony (Movement for Actualisation of Niger Delta Republic), Major Francis Okoroafor (Niger Delta Freedom Redemption Army) and Colonel Okochi Walter (Niger Delta Liberty Organisation) as well as other representatives of major groups across the Niger Delta region.
“After extensive deliberation, we, hereby, issue an ultimatum that any oil company that fails to relocate its headquarters to the Niger Delta between now and December, 2018, should stop operation and vacate the Niger Delta region or face the consequences