4 Dead As Niger Delta Militants Threaten To Shut Down Oil Stations, PDP Governor To Defect To APC

Gunmen Kill 4 People, Injure 1 In Jema’a LG
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Gunmen have attacked Goska community in Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state killing four people and injuring one woman.
“Security agencies have reported a deadly attack on Goska community in Jema’a LGA,” a statement issued by Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan said.

“According to the reports, the armed bandits invaded the community and killed four residents. The quartet killed were identified asWakili Kon, Yusuf Joshua, Martha Ayuba, Lami Peter.
“Wakili Kon and Yusuf Joshua were attacked and killed on their farms by the assailants. One woman, Laraba Silas, sustained gunshot injuries and was rushed to hospital.

“Governor Nasir el-Rufai expressed sadness at the reports, and prayed for the repose of the souls of the residents who were brutally killed by the bandits. The Governor sent his condolences to their families, and wished the injured citizen a quick recovery.
“Security patrols are ongoing in the general area, alongside investigations into the attack,” Aruwan added.
Source – Blueprint

Niger Delta Militants Threaten To Shut Down Oil Stations
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Militant groups in the Niger Delta region have threatened to shut down major oil flow stations, wells and crude delivery lines of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), if the substantive board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NNDC), is not constituted within seven days.

The groups who have decided to team up with the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), and the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Niger-Delta Struggle, Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo, in their protests, say they are angry over President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to instruct Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to inaugurate the board.

The militants under the auspices of Supreme Egbesu Freedom Fighters in a statement on Tuesday signed by its Commanding Officer, Gen. Agadagba Obus, alias Thunder, said:

“If the Federal Government refuses to inaugurate the NDDC board within the seven-day ultimatum already declared by Tompolo, then we will have no choice than to join hands with him, IYC and other agitating militant groups in the creeks to shut down oil exploration activities on all flow stations in the region.

“The Escravos-Warri to Kaduna NNPC major delivery crude line; Escravos- Lagos Atlas Cove delivery line; Trans Escravos Warri- Kaduna gas line that supplies electricity to Abuja will not be spared and also the Trans-Forcados 48- inch terminal underwater Shell/NNPC crude delivery pipeline with most of the Chevron RMP24 Clough creek line will all be brought to a stand still if Akpabio refuses to lay off his hands and allow the Federal Government to inaugurate the NDDC board.

Militant groups in the Niger Delta region have threatened to shut down major oil flow stations, wells and crude delivery lines of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), if the substantive board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NNDC), is not constituted within seven days.

The groups who have decided to team up with the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), and the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Niger-Delta Struggle, Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo, in their protests, say they are angry over President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to instruct Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to inaugurate the board.

The militants under the auspices of Supreme Egbesu Freedom Fighters in a statement on Tuesday signed by its Commanding Officer, Gen. Agadagba Obus, alias Thunder, said:

“If the Federal Government refuses to inaugurate the NDDC board within the seven-day ultimatum already declared by Tompolo, then we will have no choice than to join hands with him, IYC and other agitating militant groups in the creeks to shut down oil exploration activities on all flow stations in the region.

“The Escravos-Warri to Kaduna NNPC major delivery crude line; Escravos- Lagos Atlas Cove delivery line; Trans Escravos Warri- Kaduna gas line that supplies electricity to Abuja will not be spared and also the Trans-Forcados 48- inch terminal underwater Shell/NNPC crude delivery pipeline with most of the Chevron RMP24 Clough creek line will all be brought to a stand still if Akpabio refuses to lay off his hands and allow the Federal Government to inaugurate the NDDC board.

“The presidency and the Federal Government should hold Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, and the Sole Administrator of NDDC, Effiong Akwa, responsible for whatever happens at the end of the seven-day ultimatum in the creeks of the region.

“We want to make it clear that with the way things are going, President Buhari, who was elected to provide good governanceto ensure the welfare and betterment of Niger Delta people and Nigerians at large, cannot fold his hands, keep quiet and allow so-called corrupt minded politicians from the region to push him against the wish of the people in the region.

“These and many other anti-people decisions are frustrating the tireless peace efforts made by some political leaders like the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, and other stakeholders that have worked tirelessly to achieve sustainable peace in the creeks and now being jettisoned by the greed of just one man with a false fake pretence of forensic audit and no good intention for the people of Niger Delta.

“Rather, the crooked, fake, stage-managed and arranged forensic audit is just a ploy and slogan to shortchange, silence and deny oil-producing states and ethnic nationalities in Niger Delta proper representation on the board of the NDDC commission so that one person will continue to hold the entire region to ransom and it will not be allowed anymore.

“If President Buhari think we are joking, what happened during #EndSars will be child’s play if this deadline is not met.

“The long emancipated people of the Niger Delta have been denied better life despite their blessed human and natural resources.”
Source – Ripples Nigeria

Zamfara Governor Matawalle To Join APC On June 12 – Source
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The dissolution of the Zamfara State executive council on Tuesday is part of Governor Bello Matawalle’s preparations for defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC), a source close to the governor has told PREMIUM TIMES.

According to the source, who asked not to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the development, Mr Matawalle will formally declare for the APC on June 12, as part of the ceremony to mark Democracy Day.

The source said the governor dissolved his cabinet because some members, including the deputy governor, Mahdi Aliyu, are reluctant to make the journey to the ruling party with him.

For a while, it has been rumoured that the governor has been harbouring plans to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), even though some leaders of the APC in the state do not want him in the party.

On Tuesday, he sacked the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Bala Bello, the 23 commissioners, his Chief of Staff, Bala Mande, and the Deputy Chief of Staff, Bashir Maru.

Following the development, sources who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES said the governor will finally dump the PDP on June 12.

Mr Matawalle wants to be in the APC before the National Conventional of the party in June. To participate in the convention, he needs to register with the APC in its on-going membership revalidation and registration exercise.
Source – Premium Times