Niger Delta militants to resume hostilities over IOCs refusal to relocate hqts

THE Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators on Wednesday announced that it was returning to the creeks over the refusal of international oil companies to relocate to the Niger Delta region.

The coalition also condemned what it described as an unwarranted invasion of the house of elder statesman, Edwin Clark, adding that the aim was to assassinate Clark for championing the course of the Niger Delta people.

A statement signed by leaders of the militant groups that make up the coalition warned IOCs that failed to relocate their headquarters to the Niger Delta before December 2018 to stop operation or be ready to face the consequences.

Some of the signatories to the statement issued via an electronic mail are John Duku, leader of Niger Delta Watchdogs and the Convener of the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators; Ekpo Ekpo (Niger Delta Volunteers), Osarolor Nedam (Niger Delta Warriors), Henry Etete (Niger Delta Peoples Fighters) and Asukwo Henshaw (Bakassi Freedom Fighters).

The militants described the refusal by President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill into law as an attempt to forcefully control the Niger Delta resources by proxy.