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N-Delta: Youth leader raises alarm over militants’ threat

By Emma  Arubi

WARRI—THE National Coordinator of Niger Delta Re-orientation Project, Mr. Sheriff Mulade, has raised alarm over threat to his life and those of his family members by some former militants and those involved in illegal oil bunkering in the region.

Mulade, an envirnmentalist and human rights activist, in a statement in Warri, Delta State, yesterday, said he had been receiving death threats over his campaign against violence, attack on oil facilities and illegal bunkering, which had led to pollution and destruction of ecological lives in various communities.

In a letter addressed to security agencies in the state, Comrade Mulade said: “It may interest you to know that as a result of my belief and hard stand against armed struggle, illegal bunkering that had massively destroyed our economy and the entire environment and other social vices, I have been accused severally by these persons.”

He said the originators of the threats have threatened to “find me within or outside this country and assassinate me; thus I should not get anywhere close to Gbaramatu, Ogulagha, kingdoms or even the riverine areas I hail from and where my NGO carries out its sensitization campaign against vandalisation of pipelines.”

The Ijaw-born activist, who also is the operator of the Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice, said those behind the plot also planned to vandalise pipelines and properties belonging to multinational oil companies in the area where he lived and blame it on him.

He said they further planned to “write to companies that have been sponsoring the activities of the NGO and also the international community, especially the United States Embassy, to disseminate false information about me, to destroy my image and reputation and that of the NGO.”

According to him, the purpose of the campaign of calumny is to ensure that he is unable to travel out of the country, with a view to starving his NGO of the needed funding to carry out its campaign against and exposure of the vices of the criminals.

The Ijaw youth leader traced his travails to several campaign and publications against the activities of some of the former warlords and their activities.


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