Delta (Nigeria) – A militant group, Adaka Boro Avengers, have asked non citizens of the South-east and South-south region to leave the region within three weeks.
They also called on their people residing in other part of the country to return back home as a date for the declaration of the Niger Delta Republic has been set.
A statement by the group, signed by General Edmos Ayayeibo, noted that the group has concluded arrangements to make the Niger Delta Republic a reality even as it ordered its people to return home and told northerners and westerners to leave the Niger Delta and eastern states immediately.
It also issued a quit notice to the military and all agencies belonging to the Federal Government to evacuate the Niger Delta states and the eastern parts without delay. Failure to obey the order, it said, would lead to a total destruction of military personnel and agencies.
The statement read, “We, the Adaka Boro Avengers and all the freedom fighters in the Niger Delta region have met and come to a conclusion that we are declaring the Niger Delta Republic three weeks from today.
“So we are by this notice calling on the Nigerian government to move out all military personnel and all government agencies out of the Niger Delta. Failure will lead to destruction of military barracks and personnel.
“We are, also, by this notice calling on our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters living in the northern parts of Nigeria to return home immediately.
“We are also warning northerners and westerners to leave the Niger Delta region immediately within three weeks from now, for their own good.
“If they refuse to heed to our warning, we will use so many as example in the Niger Delta region on the due date.
“We are telling the Nigerian government that enough is enough and we are taking our independence by force. We have our foreign backers, so we are not afraid of the Nigerian government but ready for total war.
“The inhuman treatment given to us by Nigerian government is enough. We can no longer withstand the suffering of our Niger Delta people. They should not take us for fools.”
Niger Delta Avenger (NDA) claimed responsibility for blowing up of many oil and gas operations of major oil companies in the Niger Delta region. According to them, its goal of destroying of oil and gas infrastructure was to actualize the sovereign state of Niger Delta.
According to the group’s spokesman Col. Mudoch Agbinibo, the NDA had spread across the Niger Delta to launch its currency, passport, ruling council, territory and flag.
“By October 2016, we will display our currency, flag, passport our ruling council and our territory to the world,” NDA said.
Meanwhile, TVC News report that, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, after inaugurating some projects at the 2 Brigade of the Army on Monday in Enugu warned that, the Army will use force if the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and other militant groups reject dialogue with the Federal Government.
The Army chief said, “Government is still committed to dialogue (with Niger Delta militants). Whereby this cannot go on, then there could be resort to other means. The non-kinetic means has always been the source first, before government can recourse to the kinetic means (dropping bombs and using bullets, using lethal force/full military action/war or killing people).
“So, there is the need for the Niger Delta Avengers to see reason and dialogue with government.