A coalition of militants in the Niger Delta region said on Thursday that it had decided to go after expatriates and oil company directors in a bid to stop the pollution of the oil-rich region.
The militants also called on other agitators to stop attacking pipelines and join them in their new mode of operation to put an end to the degradation of their environment.
Speaking through a statement issued shortly after a meeting by the Niger Delta Watchdogs, Niger Delta Volunteers, Niger Delta Peoples Fighters, Bakassi Freedom Fighters and Niger Delta Warriors, the coalition warned that oil companies’ barges/platforms, estates and offices in the region would not be spared.
The statement signed by the convener of the meeting, General John Duku, and four others, read in part, “We want to sound this warning to all the multinational oil and gas companies, including servicing and marine/shipping companies operating in Niger Delta water territories that, henceforth, we have changed our mode/scope of operation.
“We will not attack oil pipelines again, but will rather go after expatriates, oil company directors/key staff, their platforms/barges, and their estates and offices across the region, even filling stations.”