Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Nigeria: Threats from Akwa Ibom militants

A militant group in the Esit Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State has written a letter to two oil companies in operation in their community for allegedly not paying royalties. Under the aegis of the Niger Delta Subterranean Force, the group said it would attack the Frontier and Septa Oil and Gas companies if its demands were not met.

The letter was dated 5 March and signed by General Oyobio Oyobio . It warned the managing directors of the two firms that unless the companies provided ? 600 million in royalties and a 100 million naira monthly package for 'settlement of the boys,' it would strike.

'In the next week, we will be ready to attack the pipelines. We are ready to visit the Central Processing Facilities (CPF). If the two companies do not settle [with] us, they should forget about the inauguration of the CPF … because we will attack it.' The group is also pushing for its members to be given the contract to protect the pipelines, stating that it will otherwise blow them up.

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