The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) on Tuesday threatened to begin bloody attacks against oil companies, their personnel and the Nigerian military.
The militant group in a statement signed by its Spokesperson, ‘Brig.Gen’ Murdock Agbinibo, also taunted the wanted ex-militant leader, Government Ekpumpolo aka Tompolo over the military siege in his Gbaramatu community in Delta State.
Murdock claimed that instead of going after the avengers, the military was looking for soft targets through its siege in Gbaramatu.
He added that the group intelligence revealed that Capt. Okunbor Idahosa, Brigadier Commander, Benin, Maj. Farouk Yahaya and the Officer Commanding, Army Gunboat, JTF, Major M.B. Yahaya in collaboration with Ayiri Emami, were behind the travails in Gbaramatu.
Murdock said: “It is not our business what goes on in Gbaramatu Kingdom but our concern is the innocent children, women and aged people whom the Nigerian military has chased away from their homes and now taking refuge in the forest. We warned you before hand that the Nigerian Government can never be trusted.
“The questions are – why the innocent people of Gbaramatu? Why the innocent pregnant women? Why making the innocent people of Gbaramatu suffer? This act of the Nigerian Army to us is the greatest act of cowardice.
This fight we believe is against the avengers and not the innocent villagers of Gbaramatu Kingdom.
“Where is the international community and the United Nations when all these unspeakable injustice, is served the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom by the very unprofessional Nigerian Military? Are they not aware of the raping of young girls, looting and destruction of properties by the Nigeria military in Gbaranmatu kingdom?
“As for you Tompolo, what do you have to say about the horrible treatment meted on your people by Nigerian Military? We respect the love you have for your people the Niger Delta.
What is really happening to you when the likes of Mr. Ayiri, Capt. Hosa and Co are unleashing this kind of atrocities on your people? Has the wealth you acquire made you soft that you don’t know what to do anymore?”
Murdock said the military would not intimidate the group by harassing innocent people in the Niger Delta region, describing Gbaramatu as just one kingdom in Delta State.