– A militant group has vowed to bring down planes
– The group wants headquaters of oil companies be moved to Akwa Ibom
– It warned oil worker to vacate the region
A Niger Delta militant group, Oyobio-Oyobio has warned that it is going to carry out its threat following the expiration of its seven-day ultimatum. Vanguard reports that the group had warned Mobil Producing Nigeria to relocate its headquarters from Lagos to Akwa-Ibom or face their wrath.
General Obuma Oyobio who is the leader of the group said since the threat has expired without the company making the move to relocate; it will start bringing down aeroplanes.
“We hereby give a seven-day ultimatum to Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and other oil firms operating in Akwa Ibom State to relocate their headquarters to the state or face dire consequences. “We have the capability to burn down any tank farm and bring down aeroplanes and choppers. Oil and gas pipelines will not be spared during our operations.”
The group also advised ExxonMobil to carry-out a clean-up just like Shell is doing in Ogoniland. The militants called on all oil workers in the state both onshore and offshore locations “to stay away from work on the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum for their safety.” Meanwhile, a new intelligence report has continued to link Goodluck Jonathan to the Niger Delta Avengers.
A splinter group, Reformed Niger Delta Avengers had accused the former president of being one of the sponsors of the militants although the former president has denied this. READ ALSO: Niger Delta Avengers agree dialogue Also, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) accused the ex-president of having ties with militants and this was also swiftly denied by Jonathan who also accused MEND of attempting to assassinate him.
The Nation reports that despite the former president’s denial, new security report indicated that oil and gas pipelines had already been laced with explosives before Jonathan handed-over to Muhammadu Buhari in May 29, 2015. The intelligence report has been submitted to the presidency and is being studied.