Militants under the umbrella of the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators (CNDA) have denied reports that they have withdrawn a quit notice issued to people of northern and Yoruba descents residing in the Niger Delta region.
The group also threatened to resume attacks on oil installations in the region beginning from September 10, 2017.
CNDA in a statement sent to the Punch newspapers on Saturday, September 02, said it findings had shown that northerners owned over 90% of the oil wells and that the Yoruba have about 7% of the wells.
It stated that while the Igbo have about 2% of oil wells, the Niger Delta people do not have up to 1% of the oil wells.
The group said: “We are not talking only about the notice to quit; we are also talking about the Niger Delta Republic. We have seen that the Federal Government is not serious about the Niger Delta issue. Let me make a point here; the Academic Staff Union of Universities is on strike and the government has set up a committee to engage in a dialogue with ASUU.
“This has never happened in the case of the Niger Delta; the Federal Government has never inaugurated a committee to handle the Niger Delta issue. The only language the Federal Government seems to understand is violence. September 10 is the day we will resume attacks (on oil installations). By September 10, which is on Sunday, over 5,000 members of the Niger Delta Coalition of Agitators will shut down no less than over 20 platforms.”
It was reported that coalition of Niger Delta militants has withdrawn the October 1 quit notice they issued to northerners and Yoruba living in the region.
The Pan Niger Delta People’s Congress (PNDPC) claimed they were given the mandate by the issuers of the quit notice to withdraw it, The Nation reports.
Chief Mike Loyibo who the coalition had named as its coordinator/convener confirmed that the coalition mandated the PNPDC to announce the withdrawal of the quit notice.