Sylvester Idowu in Warri
The militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), yesterday urged the Federal Government to heed to its demand of self-determination since everybody is tired of being in the entity called Nigeria.
It said the ship called Nigeria was grounded now and appears President Muhammadu Buhari was so confused by telling lies on daily basis to the people.
The group made its position known in a release signed by its Spokesperson, Mudoch Agbinibo, in reaction to the recent arrests of some of its suspected members by the Nigerian Navy in Warri.
In the release titled “Stop Going After Soft Targets” it declared “The government should heed to our demand of self-determination. Mr. President, everybody is tired of this thing called Nigeria.
“The ship called Nigeria is grounded right now and you are so confused. You lied to your foreign allies, your citizens on daily basis. Mr. President, you even lie to yourself. Even if we are going to dialogue, it will be in the present (sic) of international community”, it added.
On arrests of two of its members by the Nigerian Navy in Warri, the militant group lambasted the Commander of Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS Delta) Warri, Commodore Joseph Dzunve, saying he has lost his sense of professionalism.
“How are those innocent boys connected to NDA? We don’t know Prince David and Felix Ebiador; they are not part of us. All NDA operatives are intact. No security operative has arrested any of our members.
“What the Commanding officer NNS Delta Commodore is doing is to please his boss that he is working. Must he connect innocent people to us? Very soon the general public will know the truth about Nigeria Military especially Nigeria Navy that specialises in illegal oil bunkering”, it added.
The group warned the military to stop arresting innocent people in the name of looking for NDA operatives, noting that it was obvious that the Nigeria Navy was incapable of policing the Nigerian maritime space.
It said further “Even the Chief Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral, Ibok-Ete Ibas, made it clear while briefing the Senate that Nigeria Navy is unequipped to match the Niger Delta Avengers. So how can well-trained NDA members bring themselves so low to be arrested by those criminal elements (Nigeria Navy)?
“They should follow the path of honour and morality by telling their Commander in Chief the truth instead of arresting innocent civilians and tagging them as NDA operatives. The days of wire and battery are over; we are far advanced in guerilla warfare.”
The militant group warned that nobody should associate the ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo alias “Tompolo” with NDA, declaring that he is its enemy.
“We are warning everybody for the last time stop associating Tompolo to us. He is our enemy as the Nigeria government, and those innocent boys paraded as NDA operatives are not part of us.
“From intelligence gathered by NDA agency, there are other people sent out by Nigeria government to sabotage the genuine struggle of liberating the Niger Delta people. The government knows those people. The so-called saboteurs take part in pipeline bombing by using some members of defunct MEND.
“With an open confession by the criminals that they are paid to sabotage the Niger Delta struggle, yet the DSS is shielding these fed criminals because they working against the interest of the Niger Delta people. The NDA have not shed any blood and neither partakes in sea piracy, Hostage taking, that is not our style”, it added.