New Niger Delta Militant Group Emerges, Issues 7-day Ultimatum

The Federal Government now has a new
group of militants to contend with, following the emergence of the Red
Egbesu Water Lions, which has vowed to team up with the Niger Delta
Avengers in ensuring zero production of oil and gas in the region.

But it wasn’t clear as at Wednesday
whether it was a resurrection of the Egbesu Mightier Fraternity Of Izon
(Ijaw) Land and The Water Lion, a group which became prominent five
years ago when its members threatened to eject people of northern origin
from the region when the Boko Haram sect started attacking Christians
in the North-East.
In a statement by its Creek Network
Coordinator, “General” Torunanawei Latei, on Wednesday, the new militant
group vowed to work with the Niger Delta Avengers and Indigenous
Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, to ensure that all their demands were met in
the next seven days.
Among others, the group demanded the
immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader and the discharge of
former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki from prison custody.
It also urged President Muhammadu Buhari
to immediately direct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to
defreeze the bank accounts of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo,
alias Tompolo.
The Red Egbesu Water Lions, said to be
an Ijaw group, threatened to shut down all oil exploration activities in
the Niger Delta at the expiration of the ultimatum if the president
ignores the group’s demands.
As part of its requests which must be
met in the next one week, the group called for the “unconditional and
immediate payment to victims of the Bonga Oil Spill and Chevron gas
explosion in Koluama, Bayelsa state”.
While decrying the alleged lawlessness
of the Buhari-led federal government, the Ijaw group argued that the
government was becoming notorious for deliberate disobedience to court
orders.
“It is extremely important to note that
the engine room of the national interest is the executive obedience to
court orders, protection and preservation of citizens’ constitutional
liberties.
‘’Justification of executive disobedience to court orders as a protection of national interest is abominable.
“This is a deliberate ploy to bend the
law and suspend the 1999 Constitution. We ask, does President Muhammadu
Buhari have any legal capacity to declare anyone as a criminal?
Disobedience to court orders is an act of executive rascality in the
country,” the group contended.
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