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Bombing of oil installations to continue until…, says Ijaw leader

By Chris Ochayi

ABUJA—In spite of the Federal Government amnesty package to militants in the Niger Delta region, bombing of strategic oil installations would continue until the government shows sign of seriousness by taking a drastic step to embark on infrastructural development of the core oil producing communities in the region.

President, Niger Delta Enlightenment Network (NDEN), Chief Salvation Alfa Agele-Oba who gave the warning while speaking with Vanguard in an interview in Abuja, regretted that the coastal areas, which account for the major oil exploration, have been neglected by succeeding administration in the country.

Naming the nucleus of oil producing areas to include, Premabiri in the Southern Ijaw Local Government area of Bayelsa State, Burutu in Delta and Bonny in Rivers States, Chief Agele-Oba, said ongoing bombing of oil installations is a continuation of grievances as a result of the total neglect of the areas.

He however, warned multi-national corporations involved in the oil exploration activities to leave the region with immediate effect.

According to him, “you can see a change in tactics to our struggle of recent. Before now it used to be kidnapping of expatriates working with multi-nationals and you see the dimension it is taking today is launching major attacks on oil
installations in the region and beyond”.

“I am sad when these mischievous people call our boy militants, they are not militants but aggrieved boys. The government sent in military men to kill these boys who are agitating for the emancipation of the region. The most painful thing was that the government is funding the JTF against the aggrieved boys from the oil money”.

He added, “with the ongoing genocide in the region, somebody is now talking about amnesty. No amnesty can solve the problem. The real problem is yet to be attended and that is the issue of underdevelopment of the region”.


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