Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Greenland Justice Mandate Militant Group Urge Shell and NNPC not to Reopen Forcados Pipeline

One of the most deadly militant groups in the Niger Delta region called ‘the Greenland Justice Mandate, GJM, has warned Shell and the National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, not to reopen the Trans Forcados pipeline in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.
According to an online media source Punch News, the group in a statement on Saturday issued by its spokesperson, Aldo Agbalaja.
In his  statement he said, ‘‘Trans Forcados crude is under force majeure from operator Shell since a militant attack on the sub sea pipeline in February and it is due to resume operation this week following the completion of repair works and maintenance.
“We do not have much to say to the oil companies than to just dare them to reopen the Trans-Forcados pipeline. We are aware that you are experts at testing wills, especially as you believe that you have a military shield. Please, go ahead to restart the facility and see what will happen.’’
The group also warned the Federal Government not to go ahead with the October 29 meeting with chief Edwin Clark-led Pan-Niger Delta Dialogue Team, saying that the team must not negotiate on its behalf.
The group described Chief Edwin Clark’s Team as a team that lack moral right and trust to speak for the Niger Deltans.
The group further said they have nothing personal with the team, expressing it will be a great mistake for President Muhammadu Buhari led-administration to discuss the feature of the Niger Delta Region with the same group that is responsible for the ‘current problem of the Niger Delta.’
In their demand, the group urges the Federal Government of Nigeria to await its list of the credible and trusted community leaders, including traditional rulers from the various ethnic groups in the region for the proposed dialogue.

In it words, it read, “We thought we should not continue to ignore the grand error being orchestrated by those who are responsible for the current parlous state of the Niger Delta region. These people seem to have succeeded in bewitching and railroading the Federal Government into settling for a dialogue with them in the name of the Niger Delta people.’’