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New militant groupemerges, demands 60% oilbloc

A new militant group, Ultimate Warriors of Niger Delta, has emerged with a threat to continue to
attack oil and gas facilities across the Niger
Delta region unless the Nigerian government
agreed to award 60 per cent oil blocs to the
people of the region.
The new group which spoke for the very first
time on Wednesday also demanded that the
federal government allow the $16 billion Export
Processing Zone otherwise called Delta Gas City
project begin operations in earnest.
It, however, gave the government a two-week
ultimatum to ensure that their demands were
adequately met for a lasting ceasefire in the
region.
Spokesperson of Ultimate Warrior, as it chose to
be addressed, Sibiri Taiowoh, in a statement
obtained by our correspondent, said if the FG
truly wants peace in the region, it should award
60 per cent oil bloc to indigenous people from
the region as its primary demand for a ceasefire.
The group further asked for commencement of
academic activities at Federal Maritime University
established during the regime of former President
Goodluck Jonathan.
Warning further, it said failure to meet its
demands, would warrant total shutting down of
vital oil facilities including Chevron BOP, Okan
Platform, MEREN Gas Gathering Compression
Platform and Chevron Tank Farm.
The statement added, “We are also behind the
recent pipeline bombing in the Niger Delta region
and I can assure you we will not stop until the
EPZ project and the Maritime University are
totally completed and start operations.
“We want to be the ones to be safe guarding oil
pipeline in our area so as to create more jobs for
our people. We would resist any attempt to give
surveillance contracts of pipeline in our backyard
to foreigners. We want the pipeline jobs to be
given to our indigenous people.”
“We also want 60 per cent of the oil blocs to be
allocated to the Niger Deltans just as the Federal
Government has also allocated 80 per cent to
those who are not from the oil producing area
and just as 50 per cent of the resource was used
to develop the non-oil area when we were
producing cocoa and groundnut as main
economic resources, the same 50 percent should
be use to develop the Niger Delta region because
we are the ones suffering the brunt of oil
pollution and degradation in the region”, it further
added.

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