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​Amnesty: Militants give FG 4-week ultimatum to reinstate Boroh



         BGen. Paul Boroh (retd)
YENAGOA —A coalition of nine militant groups in the Niger Delta, under the aegis of Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, has given President Muhammadu Buhari four-week ultimatum to reinstate sacked Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd).

They threatened to resume fresh attacks on oil facilities across the region if Mr. President failed to reinstate the former Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta on the expiration of the ultimatum.

Leader, RNDA, ‘General’ Johnmark Ezonbi, who handed the threat, yesterday in a statement after an enlarged meeting of the militant groups in the creek of Bayelsa State, said it was obvious that the Federal Government was toying with the destiny of the Niger Delta region.

They alleged that nothing tangible had been recorded since the coming of the current All Progressives Congress-led government at the centre.

Ezonbi said, “I want to warn that any intruder into our planned action in four weeks’ time if the Federal Government fails to reinstate Gen. Paul Boroh will be severely dealt with without mercy. Our attack will make security agencies in the creek very small.

“We are fully ready to take on anybody as we have the instrumentality of warfare that will make the biggest military might to marvel at our coordinated attacks.

“We are ready to dirty our rivers and creeks with our oil, it is better we spill it than allow government use it to develop other parts of the country.

“We are not unmindful of the roles played by self-styled leaders of the All Progressives Congress in the South-South region by sponsoring falsehood against the person and office of Boroh for his blunt refusal to grease their palms to the detriment of the Amnesty Programme meant strictly for ex-militants and agitators.

“We have always known those leaders to be anti-Niger Delta since the coming on board of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government as the latter kicked against the establishment of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko.”

He said Boroh had made concerted efforts to put the amnesty programme back on track with the regular training of ex-militants and payment of monthly stipends without delay.

He added, “The RNDA declares Prof. Charles Dokubo unfit for the job because of his age. He has long lost touch with happenings in the creeks.

“The Federal Government will hear from us at the expiration of the four weeks ultimatum as no single stone will be left unturned as the Buhari-led administration prefers to go back to the recession period where Boroh played a major role by visiting the creeks with other stakeholders to prevail on the ‘boys’ to drop their arms and embrace peace.”

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​Reinstate Boroh or face fresh attacks on oil facilities, Militant groups tell Federal Government


Ten Niger Delta militant groups, including the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, have given the federal government four weeks to reinstate the sacked Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, Retired General Paul Boroh.
The militants warned that they would unleash fresh attacks on oil installations and facilities across the Niger Delta region if the sack of Boroh was not reversed.

                       Militants
The Leader of the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers RNDA, General Johnmark Ezonbi, said in statement on Monday that that it had become obvious that the federal government was toiling with the destiny of the region.

“The federal government will hear from us at the expiration of the four weeks ultimatum as no single stone will be left un-turned as the administration preferred to go back to the recession period where Boroh played a major role by visiting the creeks with other stakeholders to prevail on the “boys “to drop their arms”and embrace peace.

Boroh, they said, had succeeded in setting a template for the smooth operation of the amnesty office.

The group said that all its striking units across the Niger Delta have been put on red alert to “commence operation zero oil to cripple the economy’’.

They said they would embark on a well- coordinated destruction of all major delivery oil pipelines after the expiration of the four weeks ultimatum without looking back.

                Paul Boroh
“I want to warn that any intruder into our planned action in four weeks time if the federal government fails to reinstate General Paul Boroh will be severely dealt with without mercy because our attack will make security agencies in the creek very small “.

“We are fully ready to take on anybody as we have the instrumental of warfare that will make the biggest military might to marvel at our coordinated attacks. We are ready to dirty our rivers and creek with our oil, it is better we spill it than allow government use it to develop other parts of the country.

They stated that Boroh had made concerted efforts to put the Amnesty programme back on track with the regular training of ex militants and payment of monthly stipends without delay.

Professor Charles Dokubo was last appointed to replace Boroh.

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Ideology of cattle colonies irritates me – Ankio Briggs


Foremost Niger-Delta activist, Ankio Briggs has vehemently rejected the proposed creation of cattle colonies by the Federal Government.

Briggs said the people of the Niger-Delta will be mobilized against the Federal Government if it goes ahead with the establishment of cattle-colonies in the region.

She said people of the Niger-Delta are yet to recover from the exploitation they already suffer from the Federal government adding that creating colonies for herders will be provocative. Ankio Briggs,however, advised the Federal Government to encourage herdsmen across the country to seek other means of managing their business.

“The sound of cattle colonies in itself is provocative. What is the meaning of cattle colonies.“There is nothing that should be given to any business man. Whether he is herdsman or a Fulani man. How many fishermen do you see going to the North to go and claim rivers?“The herdsmen own private businesses. We will not allow them in the Niger-Delta. That is all I can say for now,” She said.

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​IYC accuses N-Delta leaders of linking Jonathan with Avengers


Sapele—The umbrella body of Ijaw youths, Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, has condemned what it termed, “the desperation by some politicians of Niger Delta extraction to rope former President Goodluck Jonathan into the formation of the Niger Delta Avengers.”

The group, in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Eric Omare, said: “The desperation came to the pinnacle with the media report that intelligence report indicated that Jonathan was one of the persons behind the formation of the NDA.

“The characters behind this desperate plan are politicians of Niger Delta extraction who are in the current government and do not want a peaceful resolution of the renewed militancy in the region.

“They prefer a military option that would result in the killing of innocent Niger Deltans. These frivolous accusations against former President Jonathan started after he visited President Buhari few weeks ago.

“Secondly, they don’t also want Jonathan’s intervention to resolve the crisis for obvious political reasons. So, this is the reason why they have orchestrated all sorts of lies to drag Jonathan into the formation of NDA. It is deliberate and we are sure the top hierarchy of government knows this fact,” he said, advising the former President to explore legal options to bring the allegation to a halt.

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​Navy arrests MV Star Shrimper, destroys more illegal refineries in Niger Delta



In continuation of its crackdown on the activities of illegal crude oil thieves and pipeline vandals, the Nigerian Navy has arrested a marine vessel (MV) Star Shrimper for trying to evade interrogation about the contents it was carrying, as well as the destination it was headed.

A statement signed by the Director of Naval Information, Commodore Christian Ezekobe noted that the vessel and its crew are being investigated adding, “The vessel was alleged to have tried to evade interrogation when intercepted by the Nigerian Navy Vessel, with an unclear reason for its action”.

Disclosing that the vessel was arrested by the Nigerian Navy Ship Nwamba on 13 August 2016, at about 1000 hours, Ezekobe reiterated the Nigerian Navy’s resolve to eliminate all forms of economic sabotage and criminal activities in the maritime areas.

Furthermore, the Navy said on 10 August 2016, a patrol team deployed by NNS Jubilee raided an illegal refinery site at Ikoh Imoh Community in Akwa-Ibom State.

“During the operation, the patrol team destroyed a Cotonou boat laden with suspected stolen crude oil, 103 drums of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and 2 motorcycles.

“Similarly, on 12 August 16 at about 0630 hours, a patrol team deployed by NNS Delta raided several illegal refinery sites along Jones Creek in Delta State.

“During the raid, the patrol team destroyed unquantifiable amount of stolen crude oil and illegally refined AGO.”

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​Expert advises Buhari on way out of Niger Delta challeng



LAGOS — Away from the current security challenges in the Niger Delta over compensations, Petroleum experts, yesterday, called on the Federal Government, to adopt strategies implemented by some foreign countries in finding lasting solution to the ongoing crisis in the region.

Making this call at the just concluded Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition, NAICE, in Lagos, the former Special Adviser to the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Petroleum Matters, Dr Emmanuel Egbogah, said compensating individuals or community heads won’t resolve the crisis.

He argued that instead, more efforts should be geared towards creating agro-based community empowerment, rather than enriching some individuals in disputes management.

According to him, for lasting solutions to issues currently bedevilling the economy, there is need for “Agro-based community empowerment.”

He advised that “instead of settling kings and chiefs, create agro-based community empowerment initiatives as potential panacea to host community challenges.

“It is what solved agitations in Indonesia and in many other countries where there were agitations.”

He also added that such scheme will also involve “taking them out for training.” He called for each oil company to embark on agro-based empowerment programmes.

“Also, there should be operational land owner’s royalty to host communities. Royalty should vary by terrain; it has been proved successful elsewhere like New Zealand, etc.”

On way forward for the downturn in the oil industry, he called for diversification of the economy.

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​Group blames divisions in N-Delta on Buhari’s actions



WARRI—Niger Delta Coalition for Peace and Equity, NDCPE, yesterday, said that President Muhammadu Buhari has turned the Niger Delta region into a hotbed of intrigues with his dealings since he came to power over a year ago.

The group in a statement by its president, Gabriel Mamuzo, said: “Despite Buhari’s promise to continue with the amnesty programme for the Niger Delta ex-militants and his purposeful pursuit of a clean-up exercise in Ogoni land, the restive Niger Delta region has refused to be assuaged.

“One puzzling move by the President a while ago was the dramatic dissolution the board of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, two years into its four-year constitutional tenure. This dissolution saw the exit of Bassey Dan Abia, former Managing Director and

Mr. Tuoyo Omatsuli, Executive Director Projects amongst others.

“The controversy that trailed the dissolution was discussed in hushed tones all over the Niger Delta, not only because it lacked constitutionality, but because it was over politicized. While it was expected, with the impending nominations that an Itsekiri man would replace Engr. Tuoyo Omatsuli as Executive Director Projects, it came as a shock that an Urhobo man, Engr Samuel Adjogbe was nominated to replace him on the NDDC board, while an Isoko man, Dr. Ogaga Ifowodo was nominated by the Presidency as the member representing Delta State on the board of NDDC, leaving the Itsekiri nation in the lurch.

“As the Delta State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, jubilate over their victory in cornering two positions on the board, the Itsekiris are left to lick their wounds for losing two years on the NDDC board due to the premature termination of the tenure of their son, Omatsuli as Executive Director Projects.

“Meanwhile, it is no secret that so many illustrious sons of the Itsekiri nation are ardent and unrepentant supporters of the Buhari APC government.”

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