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The militants

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Niger Delta militants on Monday threatened to spill blood and unleash greater carnage on oil firms’ facilities and federal interests if by Friday, the Federal Government fails to meet their conditions.

Warning the authorities not to test their will, the militants said they would carry out “Operation Black Mamba Strike” at the expiration of the latest deadline, which would include attacking oil facilities and perhaps taking more hostages.

An earlier ultimatum issued to the government expired Monday.
According to the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), government would be mistaken if it construed its magnanimity in releasing six of the nine oil workers it snatched on February 18, as a sign of weakness and cowardice.

The group, in a statement sent to media houses, restated its demands, including a fresh one calling on government to revisit the contentious demand of delegates from the zone to the National Political Reforms Conference. The delegates had requested the endorsement of 25 per cent derivation fund allocation for states in the region. This is to appreciate at a 20 per cent rate for five consecutive years culminating in 50 per cent resource allocation.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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