A Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators on Sunday re declared its earlier warning that Yorubas and Northerners residing in Niger Delta must leave the region before October 1.
Sequel to the quit notice by Arewa youths asking Igbos to vacate the North, some Niger Delta agitators had recently demanded that Yorubas and Hausas should clear out from the oil rich region by October 1.
However, Arewa youths have withdrawn the ejection notice on the grounds that they had carried out consultations.
Irrespective of the Arewa youths’ withdrawal, the Niger Delta agitators have insisted that they stand by their earlier decision.
They also criticised the request for the arrest of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
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The agitators, in a statement, alleged that the call for Kanu’s arrest was used as a replacement of the withdrawal of the quit notice earlier issued to Igbo people living in the North.
They insisteded that government and security agencies headed by northerners stirred up the quit notice fire.
Individuals who appended their signatures on the the statement include, John Duku of the Niger Delta Watchdogs and Convener of the Coalition; Henry Okon Etete of the Niger Delta Peoples Fighters; Osarolor Nedam of Niger Delta Warriors; and Ekpo Ekpo of the Niger Delta Volunteers.
Other agitators are Asukwo Henshaw of the Bakassi Freedom Fighters; Ibinabo Horsfall of the Niger Delta Movement for Justice; Duke Emmanson of Niger Delta Fighters Network; Inibeghe Adams of Niger Delta Freedom Mandate and Ibinabo Tariah of the Niger Delta Development Network.
The statement reads in part, “It is our avowed determination to ensure that the Niger Delta remains focussed on our demands for a total overhaul of the basis of our unity. We have therefore resolved to stand by our previous demands as follows:
“That the northerners and Yoruba should leave the Niger Delta before October 1, 2017; return of all the oil blocs own by northerners and Yoruba to Niger Delta people. Relocation of the oil and gas companies headquarters to their operational base as well as relocation of NNPC headquarters, all other offices that has to do with oil and gas; replacement of the Group Managing Director of NNPC.
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“We reaffirm our resolve for the declaration of the Niger Delta Republic on 1st October, 2017. We reaffirm our resolve to resume attack on all the oil blocs that are owned by the northerners and Yoruba in the Niger Delta from September 10, 2017.
“We hereby call on PENGASSAN, NUPENG and international communities to withdraw their members/expatriates from such oil wells/blocs as we shall not spare any person found in such platforms, including NNPC offices in Abuja and Lagos, oil companies’ headquarters outside the Niger Delta region.”