We Are Not Part of Cessation of Hostilities, Says New Militant Group

  • Berates Clark’s stakeholders’ meeting

By Sylvester

It appears there is no end in sight for the resolution of the Niger Delta crisis as a militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM), said on Monday that it was not part of the cessation of hostilities against oil infrastructure as announced by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).

The group, in a statement signed by its spokesman, Aldo Agbalaja, maintained that it will continue to carry out more deadly attacks until the right thing is done.

It berated Chief Edwin Clark as part of the rot plaguing the Niger Delta region, describing last Friday’s stakeholders’ meeting organised by him as a charade.

NDGJM, which is also an emerging destructive group, said it is still carrying on with its campaign against Nigeria’s oil and gas interests until the federal government does the right thing for the people of the region.

On last Friday’s stakeholders’ meeting convened by Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark, the militant group maintained that he never had the mandate to hold the meeting or speak on behalf of the region but only for his ethnic group.

“He does not have the mandate to convene a meeting or speak on behalf of the Niger Delta. The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate is not in support of that so-called stakeholders’ meeting which, by the way, was populated by the same politicians who in the six to seven years of Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency, ruled with him.

“We see that meeting in Warri on Friday last week as an attempt by this same group, led by Clark, to creep back into national relevance”, it added.

The militant group said further: “We are neither moved by the stage-playing in name of the call for ceasefire by the Warri gang last Friday, nor by the acting up that followed in the supposed ceasefire declaration by the Niger Delta Avengers.

“As a matter of fact, the people who called for truce were the same set of people who put the Avengers together in the first place, therefore the hypocrisy of these people is becoming glaring to the world by the day.

“We also know that the charade called ceasefire is in the bid to collect more money from both the federal government and oil companies, to be shared between the founders and the boys of the Avengers.

“We hereby serve a notice that the so-called truce called by E.K Clark and co is not recognised by the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate as we do not see Clark as the leader of all Niger Delta, but of only the Ijaw nation”.