Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s threat in a national broadcast to mark his first year in office to crush the upsurge in militancy a new Niger Delta group has emerged.
A new militant group known as New Delta Suicide Squad (NDSS) has warned private oil firms.
The group issued ultimatum to owners of tank farms, storage tanks and private jetties to leave the Niger Delta within seven days.
NDSS threatened to destroy their oil’s facilities if the owners failed to comply with the deadline.
Harry Ebiye, the spokesman of the group, in statement released on May 30, Monday, said: “The New Niger Delta Suicide Squad warns all owners of tank farms, storage tanks and private jetties to quit the region within the next seven days beginning from the date of this publication or risk the destruction of all their facilities from the date of the expiration of this ultimatum.
“The exploitation of this region by scavengers, economic pirates, and cowboys must come to an end.”
This comes just one day after Buhari promised to crush the upsurge in militancy in the Niger Delta which has crippled Nigeria’s oil production.
The president said that he was ready to engage with leaders in the region, which also saw a sustained period of militancy in the mid-2000s led by armed groups protesting what they saw as the unfair distribution of Nigeria’s oil wealth.
President Buhari is set to visit Ogoniland, a region in the Niger Delta damaged by years of oil spills, on June 2, Thursday, to launch a clean-up program.