|Ateke Tom boys are arriving to their camp 9 hidden in the mangrove in the Niger Delta in July 2009. | Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images|
Niger Delta Avengers, an emerging militant group in the oil rich region of Nigeria, has served notice of attacks on more oil installations in the region until the Federal Government addresses its grievances.
The militant group, led by General Ben and General Playboy which claimed responsibility for blowing up the Forcados Terminal Pipeline in Delta State, a Shell facility had issued a statement expressing concern over “Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s poise to exterminate Niger Delta people. It said it was prepared to reduce Nigeria’s daily oil production and supply to zero barrels if its agitations are ignored.
“Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, Forcados terminal is our latest casualty. There are many more to follow in the days and weeks ahead,” the group said in a statement issued in Warri and obtained by Vanguard.
“The same factor that brought about the Niger Delta arms struggle is fast resurfacing as the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is poised to exterminate Niger Delta people for being benevolent enough to allow the nation’s mono-economy thrive on our oil.
“We are being oppressed, pushed to the wall on various fronts, which is why we have picked up the challenge to be the outlaws this government will have to contend with till daily production of oil is reduced to zero in the Niger Delta, so government can use the oil from the North to run Nigeria’s mono-economy.
“We believe that Nigeria can practice true federalism where our resources will be controlled by us and used for our own good. The reverse is the case today, where the goose that lays the golden egg is killed along with the egg,” the group said.