Oil Firms Threatened for Non-payment of Royalties

06 Mar 2013

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Governor Godswill Akpabio

An aggrieved militant group operating in the creeks of Akwa Ibom State Tuesday threatened to attack two oil companies in Esit Eket Local Government Area of the state.

The militants, parading themselves under the aegis of Niger Delta Subterranean Force, said if their demands were not met, they would attack the Frontier and Septa Oil and Gas companies within one week.

The threat letter sent to the managing directors of the two firms and signed by the leader of the group, General Oyobio Oyobio, warned that unless the companies adhered to its demands of N600 million as royalties and N100 million monthly package for settlement of the boys, the group would strike.

“In the next one week, we will be ready to attack the pipelines. We are ready to visit the Central Processing Facilities (CPF),” urging that their members should be allowed the duty of protecting the pipelines else the pipelines will be attacked.

“If the two companies do not settle us, they should forget about the inauguration of the CPF, an oil tank farm, because we will attack it,”  Oyobio said in the letter.

The annoyance of the militants is that since 2011, the two companies have refused to comply with its demands hence the resolved to wreak havoc in the gas tank farm no matter the level of security.

“We have promised to scatter that CPF and other places if we are not settled. If they like let them bring UN, ECOWAS, NATO soldiers to secure the place, they won’t be able to stop us from striking when we want to strike,” he boasted.

General Manager Operations, Frontier Oil limited in Eket, Mr. Wole Adefila, confirmed receiving the threat letter from the militants and promised to act on it.

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