New Militant Group Emerges In Delta, On Recruitment Drives.
A new militant group Utorogun Liberation Movement, ULM, has emerged in Delta State, the hub of militants' activities in recent months.
The group which surfaced on Thursday, in Delta State, is already recruiting members and has vowed to destroy the Utorogun Gas Plant, Ughelli, which supplies gas to Egbin Power Station, Lagos, and other facilities under Oil Mining Lease, OML 34 in Ughelli South Council Area Area of the oil rich but violence prone state.
Residents of Otu-Jeremi, Otor-Udu, Iwkrekan, Ekakpamre and other communities, are worried over the emerging of the new criminal gang which they believe would not stand them in good stead.
Sources said the militant group is working hands in gloves with , “Outgas Force,” and they have outlines their action points, including threats to hit some multinational oil and gas firms, especially the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and ND Western.
They claimed that these companies operating the OML 34 oil filed do not have the interests of their host communities at heart.
Its leader, Gen K Omoudu in an addressed to the host communities in OML 34, 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 cause 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 died in poverty.
“They threaten our stability, disregard us. This area is the heart of hydrocarbon industries in Nigeria and other countries responsible for a huge chunk of the nation's oil earnings. The question concerning how many barrels of oil and gas this our field produces remain unanswered, our hopes far from what we are witnessing.
'If we fail to fight, we will face a precarious future. The door is widely open for anybody within this region to join the exercise, text your names and community to these numbers -08029936321, 08074237107. Do not call; you will receive text of days of meetings few days from now.”
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