By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, South-South
WARRI- VOICE Delta, a group waging war against renewed militancy in the Niger-Delta region has disclosed how the Federal Government could seize the supposed leader of the dreaded Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, within one week.
The group in series of tweets on its twitter handle, urged President Muhmmadu Buhari to stop foot dragging on the option of constituting a civilian JTF in the Niger-Delta, which it had offered privately and publicly to the Federal Government.
“Let us state this fact; a vast majority of the people of the Niger Delta will welcome the setting up of the civilian JTF to fight criminals. The military as presently constituted cannot arrest this criminality by the leader of NDA (name withheld) and his gang of economic saboteurs.
“A civilian JTF working side by side with the Nigerian military will flush him and his criminal gang out less than one week,” it boasted.
It said the capacity of Niger Delta Avengers to strike has depleted with the loss of its men and crack in the group and urged the federal government to constitute a civilian JTF to track down the group, while the gang was clutching on straws.
Voice Delta said NDA is a criminal group and its members and government should treat it as such, rather than succumbing to blackmail, adding that the group would have taken care of, if the President heeded to its advice long ago.
3 Avengers killed in Gbaran
It said two weeks ago, villagers killed three members of the NDA in Gbaran territory in the Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state, but the group refused to make it public.
The group asserted that the people of Gbaran got wind of a plot by NDA to blow up oil pipeline around their community and ambushed the criminals in their speedboat, adding: “In the course of this ambush, three criminals of the NDA were shot dead.”
Voice Delta said the militant, who led the team escaped with bullet injury, but the supposed leader sent a rescue boat to retrieve the three dead members, who they buried at a secret location in the creek.
“This action by Gbaran people should convince the federal government on the imperative of fast tracking the setting up of the proposed civilian JTF,” it added.
The group said President Buhari should give approval to the proposal already accepted by the National Security Adviser and Minister of Defence, pointing out that his refusal to give his nod was what led to the Nembe incident in which militants killed three soldiers.