Another group of militants in the Niger Delta has threatened to resume attack on oil installations in Nigeria’s oil-rich territory.
The group, a coalition of Niger Delta Militants, refers to the intended attack as ”operation show no mercy.”
Its threat follows an earlier threat by a similar group, the Niger Delta Avengers, to resume hostilities in the area. The Avengers issued theirs 24 hours earlier.
The group’s leader, John Duku, said in a press statement that it took the decision “because the Federal Government does not have the interest of the Niger Delta at heart.”
The statement read in part, “All the militants groups in the Niger Delta met today (Saturday) and we have issued a directive that we should go back to our different states, to do everything possible to cripple all the (oil) installations.
“We are going to resume attacks and this time around, it is not going to be business as usual. We have already agreed that when we move in, it will be ‘Operation No Mercy’. Anything we find on our way, there would be no option but to crush it.
“It is not only the installations; we are also going to shut down the offices of each of the oil companies. It is high time the Niger Delta people worked together and declared a Niger Delta Republic. We will be on our own and manage our resources.
“We had already embraced peace. We had already announced ceasefire before the Operation Crocodile Smile came. The exercise (Operation Crocodile Smile) was done in collaboration with top oil firm directors.
“The Operation Crocodile Smile was unnecessary because there was no crisis in the Niger Delta. But because we insisted the oil companies should relocate their headquarters to Niger Delta before October, the oil companies connived with the cabal in government and they brought the Nigerian Army to the Niger Delta to intimidate us.
“The directive on the relocation of oil companies’ headquarters came from the Vice-President, but they (oil companies) refused to relocate. Government should have used the money spent on Operation Crocodile Smile for the development of Niger Delta.”