By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa – The Joint Task Force, JTF, in the Niger Delta, otherwise known as Operation Restore Hope, yesterday, warned against planned attack on the country’s oil and gas installations by self-styled freedom fighters, saying it will deal decisively with any former militant caught violating the amnesty agreement.
The Coalition of Niger Delta Freedom Fighters, had last week, threatened to cripple the oil industry in Delta State and the Niger Delta in general,” over what it called “the imposition of Governor Uduaghan on the people of Delta State.”
Condemning the violent posture of the group to an issue which could be resolved at the election tribunal, the JTF urged the group to have a rethink in their own interest as the days of tampering with national infrastructure over perceived injustice or grievances were over.
The JTF in a statement in Yenagoa by its media coordinator, Lt. Col Timothy Antigha, warned that no group has the right to take the law into its hand or resort to self help because his or her preferred candidate did not win the Delta State gubernatorial election or any other election for that matter.
It urged aggrieved parties to approach the election tribunal with evidence of alleged malpractices for adjudication instead of engaging the services of discredited individuals to threaten the peace of the state.
JTF in the statement said its “attention has been drawn to a threat issued by a group which calls itself “Coalition of Niger Delta Freedom Fighters,” to “cripple the oil industry in Delta State and the Niger Delta Region in general,” over what it called “the imposition of Governor Uduaghan on the people of Delta State”.
“The threat from this previously unknown group was published by the media on May 6, 2011. JTF condemns this threat in very strong terms and earnestly implores those behind it to ponder deeply before embarking on what may become a regrettable course of action.
“Moreover, JTF notes that no individual or group has the right to take the law into its hand or resort to self-help because his or her preferred candidate did not win the Delta State gubernatorial election,” the statement added.