Urhobo Gbagbako, a group assumed to be representing Urhobo militants from the Niger Delta has admitted blowing up oil facilities in the Ihwrenen and Ejophe communities, Ughelli North and South Local Government Areas in Delta State.
The group admitted blowing up the facilities owing to what they termed ‘marginalization’ and ‘neglect’ of the people from the Urhobo part of the nation.
Otega Obire, National Chairman of the group, said via a statement that “the Urhobo nation, as the fifth largest ethnic group in the country, has long been marginalized in the presidential amnesty programme and pipeline surveillance jobs and contracts. Even the Delta Steel Company, DSC, Aladja,that is supposed to be the only federal project in Urhoboland, has been grounded for years.”
The group further warned the new administration (of General Muhammadu Buhari) to facilitate an environment that ensures the indigenes get oil allocations in contracts, seeing as the Urhobos are the major host communities of oil facilities and gas plants in the land, especially as this is in conformity with the Local Content Act.