Militants strike in Delta
The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate has attacked another crude oil delivery line at Effurun-Otor, Ughelli South Council Area of Delta State.
The pipeline, which is operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, was brought down by the militants early Sunday morning.
Greenland Mandate, whose leader was arrested two weeks ago, said the attack was in rejection of Tuesday’s meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and some leaders of the region.
The group said it was not comfortable with some of the delegates in the Chief Edwin Clark-led Pan Niger Delta Forum.
It had also threatened to attack oil facilities in the region if the Federal Government decided to go ahead with the proposed meeting because it did not trust members of the Clark’s committee.
A statement claiming responsibility for the attack by the militants’ spokesman, Aldo Agbalaja, said the war against oil facilities in the region would not end until the government engaged true representatives of the people in a genuine dialogue.
According to the statement, “We are reiterating our unflinching belief that the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, being coordinated by E.K Clark, is a job and therefore can never get our support.
“Like we said before now, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate is not opposed to a genuine dialogue between the Federal Government and the real representatives of the various ethnic groups of our region.”
The militant group stated that it had commenced the collection of names from the ethnic nationalities whom they stressed would sincerely and equitably represent the people of the region in a genuine negotiation with the Federal Government.
Boko Haram ambushes soldiers in Borno, killed nine
In far distanced North-eastern part of the country, five soldiers of the Operation LAFIYA DOLE were on Sunday killed while carrying out clearance operations on suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ hideouts in Talala and Ajigin, southern part of Borno State.
Three vigilantes and 1 Civilian JTF lost their lives during the ambush, while 19 soldiers and 1 Civilian JTF sustained various degrees of injuries.
Confirming the incident, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Acting Director Army Public Relations, said the bodies of the late soldiers and civilians had been evacuated to Maiduguri, while the injured were currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.
Usman said the troops destroyed the terrorists’ Gun truck and recovered 2 Anti-Aircraft guns, 2 spare Gun barrels, 1 General Purpose Machine Gun, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade, 1 AK-47 Rifle and 320 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.
He recalled that another set of troops had earlier cleared Zira, Abulam, Dusula, and Buk villages before returning to base in Bulabulin.
He said, “in a related development, based on information received about gathering of some suspected Boko Haram terrorists around Bori village, which is 16 kilometres away from Mainok, outskirts of Maiduguri, troops swung into action and neutralized them.
“The troops recovered 3 Motorcycles, 1 hand Grenade, 1 round of 7.62mm ammunition, Solar panel, a pair of Niger Republic military camouflage uniform, 1 Gionee mobile telephone handset, 1 Wet Cell battery and half bag of groundnut.”
Meanwhile, Vigilant soldiers on Sunday shot dead a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber in Maiduguri after he was spotted trying to creep into the Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camp.