Militants in the Niger delta under the aegis, Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF), have claimed that some top military officers are planning to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari’s government through a coup d’état.
This is even as the group said that the senior Army officers had approached Niger- Delta militants to continue bombing oil installations to give reason and justification for a coup against him.
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In a statement signed on Tuesday by persons who identified themselves as ‘General’ Torunanaowei Latei (Creek Network Coordinator); ‘General’ Agbakakuro Owei-Tauro (Pipeline Bleeding Expert); ‘General’ Akotebe Darikoro (Commander, General Duties) and ‘General’ Pulokiri Ebikade (Intelligence Bureau), the group said the officers behind the coup plot were planning to instigate civil unrest in the Niger Delta as part of their strategies to topple the Buhari administration.
The statement reads, “We are constraint to let the cat out of the bag today that President Mohammadu Buhari should be wary about the security of this country as some military men are making move to remove him from power by instigating civil unrest in the country.
“Some top military men through their civil agents approached us to cause and continue the vandalization of the oil and gas pipelines in the Niger delta region so as to use as an excuse to take over the government from democracy to military rule in the country.
“We said no as such plan will not work and not in conformity with our genuine desire of agitation.The military want to disgrace him now and let him quickly look into the issues and make pronouncement for his administration to be in peace.
“We received several calls unknown to persuade us to continue the bombing and that when succeeded in overthrowing the government we will be placed on a better position, we said capital NO!
“When asked of their names they are above Major General’s level. They refused to disclose their names but their intonations seem like yoruba and Hausa. Our agitation is not for selfish interest but for the overall benefit of the Niger delta region.
“We’ll not kidnap any person, kill or hostage taking of any expatriate in the country but will continue our agitation with clear determination to actualize our course in Nigeria.
“We believe their sinister plan because there is ceasefire in the region for dialogue, but since then, the attitude and actions of the service chiefs show that such plan could work for them.”
It would be recalled, the militant group, had two weeks ago, threatened to launch six missiles targeted at the Presidential Villa, Abuja and other national assets.