A coalition of eight militant groups in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, yesterday announced a plan to restart its attacks on oil facilities Sept 10 marking the beginning of an official separation from Nigeria in the lead up to October 1st when it said it would declare the Niger Delta Republic.
In a statement made available to reporters and signed by Niger Delta Watchdogs, Niger Delta Warriors, and Niger Delta Peoples Fighters among others, the militant coalition also asks Nigerians from the northern and southwestern areas of the country who are living in the delta to leave before October 1st, while all oil companies active in the delta and the nationalized Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) must relocate their headquarters to the delta, according to the demands. They also demanded that Abuja stop working with the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF.
Part of the statement read:
“At the general council meeting of the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators (CNDA) involving surveillance department, intelligence department and commanding officers held today to deliberate on the recent development in the Niger Delta and Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) meeting with the Acting President, after hours of careful deliberations, we unanimously resolved to commence Operation Zero Oil in the Niger Delta from September 10, 2017 as a preparation for the actualization of Niger Delta Republic,”