Meanwhile, there were palpable fears, yesterday, as the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, JNDLF, restated its plan to test missiles in a three-day operation in the Niger Delta, amid report that ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, has fled to Libya.
The group, which issued alert last week that it would commence the operation today, in a statement by its Commander, General Duties, General Akotebe Darikoro, and three others, said:
“In our final meeting, it was resolved that the Nigerian communication satellite orbit should be shut down so that it will avoid the cause of electronic radiation to human lives.
“We shall fire these missiles simultaneously at the night, as this will enable every Nigerian to see the movement of the missiles and equally to believe us of our seriousness on the final breakup as predicted by the United States of America (USA).”
The group’s resolution to go ahead with the operation is in clear conflict with the stand of the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, which disowned the new groups, claiming to have anti-aircraft missiles and warned them, last Saturday, to desist from targeting any aircraft or it would go after them.
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However, the JNDLF, remained unperturbed, last night, as it warned occupants of the State House, Abuja, Defence Headquarters, DSS Headquarters, National Assembly, NNPC Towers, Central Bank of Nigeria, Supreme Court/Appeal Court, Agip Heaquarters, Abuja and Shell Headquarters, Lagos, to vacate them to save their lives.
Other targets listed by the group include Chevron Headquarters, Lagos; Exxon Mobil, Lagos; NLNG, Lagos and Abuja offices, Kaduna Refinery and all military formations in Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna and Benue states. On militant leader, Tompolo, the group asserted:
“At present, Tompolo is in Libya and we’ll get him dead or alive for betraying us in supporting the Federal Government against us. “Nigerian military has weak intelligence gathering mechanism, hence they could not identify our modus operandi. Nigerian military is only good in carrying AK-47 to harass innocent people and raping young girls and women.”
Before now, the Niger Delta Avengers was the group that had issued warnings to Tompolo for allegedly disowning it and its bombings, now the JNDLF is against Tompolo. However, while both agreed on dealing with Tompolo, they disagreed on deployment of missiles. Avengers had threatened to go after any group that deployed missiles, kidnap and abduct soldiers in the region.
A source close to Tompolo laughed when contacted by Vanguard, yesterday, saying: “I do not know what you want me to say, they should leave Tompolo alone.” JNDLF, however, maintained:
“The fight is not for any human blood, but to destroy all those infrastructure that were built with our oil and gas monies in this country.
“We will make Federal Government and oil companies to suffer as they have made the people of Niger Delta suffer over the years from degradation and environmental pollution.