New Niger Delta Militant Group Emerges, Issues 7-day Ultimatum

The Federal Government now has a new group of militants to contend with, following the emergence of the Red Egbesu Water Lions, which has vowed to team up with the Niger Delta Avengers in ensuring zero production of oil and gas in the region.

But it wasn’t clear as at Wednesday whether it was a resurrection of the Egbesu Mightier Fraternity Of Izon (Ijaw) Land and The Water Lion, a group which became prominent five years ago when its members threatened to eject people of northern origin from the region when the Boko Haram sect started attacking Christians in the North-East.

In a statement by its Creek Network Coordinator, “General” Torunanawei Latei, on Wednesday, the new militant group vowed to work with the Niger Delta Avengers and Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, to ensure that all their demands were met in the next seven days.

Among others, the group demanded the immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader and the discharge of former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki from prison custody.

It also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to defreeze the bank accounts of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo.

The Red Egbesu Water Lions, said to be an Ijaw group, threatened to shut down all oil exploration activities in the Niger Delta at the expiration of the ultimatum if the president ignores the group’s demands.

As part of its requests which must be met in the next one week, the group called for the “unconditional and immediate payment to victims of the Bonga Oil Spill and Chevron gas explosion in Koluama, Bayelsa state”.

While decrying the alleged lawlessness of the Buhari-led federal government, the Ijaw group argued that the government was becoming notorious for deliberate disobedience to court orders.

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PDP Reps Give 48 Hours Ultimatum For Metuh’s Release

Members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives on Tuesday demanded the release of the party’s National Publicity Secretary Olisa Metuh.

Metuh has been under detention for more than a week by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly collecting N400 million from the $2.1 billion meant for the purchase of arms to fight Boko Haram, which the commission is investigating.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, the PDP Reps led by their leader Leo Ogor said Metuh’s continued detention was a breach of the rule of law and demanded that the EFCC should either release him on administrative bail within the next 48 hours or take him to a “competent court of law.”

Ogor said failure to do so would leave them with no option than to follow all democratic processes on the matter, including going international if need be.

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Defected PDP Members Get 48-Hour Ultimatum to “Undefect”

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta state who defected to other political parties to contest next month’s election have been given a 48-hour ultimatum by the party to return, or face suspension.

This was disclosed by the Deputy National Chairman of the South/South party, Cairo Ojuighoh, on Wednesday at Ororokpe and Sapele on the second day of the state PDP rally.According to him, the party would not tolerate such anti-party activities whereby members who lost at the primary would go to another party to compete.

Some members of the PDP who participated in the party’s primary elections last month had defected to other parties to pursue their aspirations, Daily Independent reports. Ojuighoh explained that the party would not accept the excuse of them coming back after their victory.

He said the assumption that there was an accord between one party and the PDP is not correct. He therefore warned the culprits of such an assumption, and those promoting the idea, to be careful so that the party would not believe them to be working against the party.