Regardless of the ceasefire order by the Federal Government of Nigeria to enable a more conducive atmosphere for meaningful dialogue with rampaging Niger Delta militants, another militant group, Utorogu Liberation Movement, on Thursday, announced its birth, threatening to bomb more pipelines in the region.
In a statement issued by the spokesman of the group, Gen. K. Omovudu, the group declared support for the Niger Delta Avengers.
The new militant group said it will blow up oil facilities located along the Oil Mining Lease 34.
They specifically vowed to attack West Africa’s biggest gas plant, Otorogu Gas Plant in Udu and Ughelli South council Areas of Delta State.
The group said: “My good people of Utorogun community, Otu-Jeremi, Otor-Udu, Iwkrekan, Ekakpamre and all oil and pipeline communities within this region, this is the voice of ULM in collaboration with outgas force.
“It is a secessionist move. The awareness of things happening in our environment is a means to outline our course of action. The awareness is an agitation for economic balance. We have a common enemy, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC and ND Western who hate your progress and wish you die in poverty.”
Confirming the report, a military source averred that the Army is not unaware of the group.
The source added that residents brought the development to their attention on Thursday morning.