Niger Delta Agitators Withdrew Threat Attacks On Oil Installations.
Niger Delta agitators yesterday formally withdrew the quit notice it handed down to northerners and Yoruba to leave the oil rich region. In a statement the group also resolved to suspend the planned attacks on oil installations in the region and also set aside their intention to declare the republic of Niger Delta on October 1.
They also made peace with the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), with whom they had disagreed over who negotiates with the Federal Government. The coalition of the agitators, led by General John Duku, said that the quit notice withdrawal, amongst other threats, was sequel to the intervention of PANDEF and Nigeria Ethnic Nationality Youth Leaders Forum (NENYLF) led by its Acting National Chairman, Comrade Imoh Okoko.
Nevertheless, they demanded the removal of the current Group Managing Director (GMD), of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Maikanti Baru from office. Among signatories to the statement were General John Duku (Niger Delta Watchdogs and Convener, Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators); General Ekpo Ekpo (Niger Delta Volunteers); General Osarolor Nedam (Niger Delta Warriors); Major-Gen. Henry Okon Etete (Niger Delta Peoples Fighters); Major-Gen. Asukwo Henshaw; (Bakassi Freedom Fighters) and Major-Gen. Ibinabo Horsfall (Niger Delta Movement for Justice).
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Meanwhile, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said yesterday that it had successfully carried out an evaluation of soil sampling in two oil-spill impacted communities in Imo State. The programme was conducted under an on-going community based intervention project, which seeks to cleanup and remediate hydrocarbon-impacted farmlands in the communities through sustainable bio-remedial and agro-forestry programmes.
A statement by the Coordinator of the UNDP/FYD bio-remediation programme, Ugo Amadioha, in Abuja, said that the soil sampling and analysis was conducted at Ogada and Etekwuru in Egbema Local Council of Imo State, as part of FYD’s community empowerment project.