By Emma Amaize, Sam Oyadongha & Emem Idio
KAIAMA—ADAKA Boro Avengers, ABA, the militant group that caused a stir in the last few days with its threat to declare a Republic of Niger Delta, yesterday, at Kaiama, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, failed to make good its plan.
Vanguard observed heavy military deployment in the area, as soldiers conducted stop and search operation on vehicles on the East-West Road and gateway to Bayelsa State, which probably made the militant group to beat a retreat.
Meanwhile, the Ijaw National Congress, INC, has called on all militant groups in the Niger Delta to refrain from taking the extra-ordinary step of unilaterally declaring a Niger Delta Republic.
It said: “Without equivocation, it has to be stressed that such a move does not have the blessing of INC or the Ijaw nation. Congress has not deliberated on such an issue neither have we heard of any ethnic nationality in the Niger Delta that supports the position.”
However, spokesperson of the ABA, self-styled General Edmos Ayayeibo, in a statement, said that they suspended the declaration of an independent Republic of Niger Delta because of pleas by concerned elders, leaders and people of Niger Delta region.
Meanwhile, the Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative, IPDI, yesterday, called on Yoruba leaders to erase the misconception that Niger Delta militants were behind the attacks in Lagos and Ogun states and call the Reformed Odua People’s Congress, ROPC, to order.
Ayayeibi, in the statement, quoted ‘General’ Goddey, ABA leader, as saying, “We listened to the voice of our people, because our struggle is for the Niger Delta people and not for selfish reason. However, this is not the end. Our mission to cripple the economy of Nigeria will not stop until the Federal Government is ready to dialogue and restructure the country.”
Meanwhile, IPDI in a statement by its president and spokesperson, Austin Ozobo and Daniel Ezekiel, said, “Our attention has been drawn to the mischievous blackmail against Niger Delta region that the recent attacks on Lagos communities were perpetrated by Niger Delta militants.
“We want to state that those attacking communities in Lagos are South-West militants and not Niger-Delta militants. It is not possible for Niger Delta militants to travel with heavy weapons to South-West without security agents arresting them.”