The Supreme Egbesu Freedom Fighters, in a statement issued yesterday via electronic mail at the end of an emergency meeting conveyed by the Commanding officer, Major General Agadagba 1 Obus (aka Thunder) said the Trans Nembe – Bonny Creek crude pipeline will not be excluded from the combined and coordinated operation code named #SHUTDOWN OIL FLOW STATIONS & PIPELINES 4 NDDC BOARD INAUGURATION#.
Supreme Egbesu Freedom Fighters stated that “On this note the Supreme Egbesu Freedom Fighters group and the other agitating militant groups in the Creek urged President Muhammadu Buhari led APC federal government, as a matter of security concern and for the interest of peace and economic stability immediately call the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Godswill Akpabio and his cohorts, to lay off their hands and let the presidency quickly call for the inauguration of the NDDC board without any further delay in the interest of peace in the Niger Delta region and in the overall interest of the country.
“And if Akpabio and his gang of corrupt minded fellows or cronies refuse to yield to this noble piece of advice and still go against the common interest of the Niger Delta people by deciding to continue to hold the entire Niger Delta region to ransom.
“The Presidency and the federal government should hold Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and his cousin, the Sole Administrator of the NDDC, Mr Effiong Akwa, responsible.
“We want to make it clear that with the way things are going President Buhari who was elected to provide good governance for the welfare and betterment of the Niger Delta people and Nigerians at large, will refuse to do the needful by taking drastic stand and listening to the cry of the generality of the Niger Delta people.
“The corrupt minded politicians from the region including the ministers representing the region are all in support of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs for not advicing Mr President to call Akpabio to order and inaugurate the NDDC board in the interest of peace in the region before things will take a new turn, because everybody know the fragile nature the Niger Delta region.
“These and many other anti-people tendencies and divisive decisions is frustrating the tireless peace efforts initiated by some political leaders such as the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo Agege and some well meaning stakeholders from the region who have worked tirelessly to achieve this existing fragile peace in the Creek of the region may be jettisoned by the greed of Mr Akpabio with a fake forensic audit that is not of any good intention for the good people of the Niger Delta region.”
The militant group also said that despite their non-participation in the ongoing agitations of seccesion in the South West and the South Eastern part of the country it is high time Mr President and the APC led federal government listen to the loud outcry of the large population of the entire Niger Delta region and urgently inaugurate the NDDC board for the interest of peace before it is too late.
“And the federal government should know that the Niger Delta region is the bedrock of the economy of this country and it should just allow sleeping dogs to lie low.
“The long emancipated people of the Niger Delta region who have been denied better life despite their blessed human and natural resources, the host communities are not recognized by the NNPC even the pipeline surveillance contract jobs too are awarded to only one man from Edo State, Captain Hosa Okunbo.
“The Supreme Egbesu Freedom Fighters militant group in the Creek will not fold their arms and allow this perpetual injustice to continue any longer and it is unacceptable to us anymore because the Ijaw people who are the major landlords to this NNPC pipelines in the Creek cannot be enslaved by the Itsekiris and there Benin billionaire in-law from Edo State any more.
“Therefore we want to use this medium to call on the Group Managing Director of NNPC with President Muhammadu Buhari to cancel the NNPC Pipeline Surveillance Contract Job from Ocean Marine Solutions Company that is owned by Captain Hosa Okunbo, a Benin man from Edo State, who is undermining the Ijaw people. Our long silence and keeping calm can not be taken for granted in the Creek any more. We are ready to take full charge of the Pipeline Surveillance Contract from the Benin man and enough is enough of this perpetual injury meted on us.”