A coalition of Niger Delta militants said yesterday in Abuja they were returning to the creeks to disrupt oil production in the Niger Delta, due to last Tuesday’s raid on the Abuja house of elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, by policemen over alleged illegal possession of arms and ammunition.
The group also raised an alarm over assassination plots against some Nigerians, especially those canvassing restructuring of the country.
The militants’ declaration came on a day Police authorities paraded the informant, who gave the false information that led to the raid. Although Force Headquarters said the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was not aware of the raid, sources in Abuja, yesterday, disclosed that fear of the consequences of the failed raid on the residence of Chief Edwin Clark, in Asokoro, Abuja, as was the case with the invasion of the National Assembly, which led to the sack of former Director-General of Department of State Service, DSS, Lawal Daura, led to the prompt arrest and detention of the officers, who undertook the operation.
The sin of those being targeted the Militants said, stemmed from their attempts to stand against the killings across the country and their tough stance on restructuring of the country. Rising from a meeting, the group in a statement signed by major heads of the coalition groups (PDP) etc, also announced an end to the ceasefire agreement with the federal government, saying it was returning to the creeks.