– They demand the release of the corps of the activists till June 3
– In other case the militants promised to go after the security officials
Niger Delta militants has issued fresh ultimatum to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari on June 1, Wednesday, The Punch reports. The said the Federal government must release the corpses of 10 pro-Biafra agitators till Friday, June 3, 2016. The militants also threatened to revenge “unprovoked” killing ofpro-Biafra activists by the Nigerian army.
The Niger Delta militants in a statement released on-line clarified that their determination to revenge the attack on the pro-Biafra supporters was reached after an emergency meeting organised by some leaders of different militant groups in the oil rich region.
The statement reads in part: “If Federal government fails to release them (corpses) by Friday, June 3, 2016, they will hear from us from Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Edo states.” Precious Iyoyo, aka General Playboy, the leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Democratic Front, and his colleague of the Concerned Militant Leaders, General Ben, stated that it was depressing to see the level of tastelessness displayed against the people.
They showed their sympathy for Biafra agitation, continuing that they were aware of how members of MASSOB, the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Biafra Independent Movement were killed without provocation. The militants promised to go after the Nigerian soldiers in a new manner, adding that the operation would be carried both on the sea and on the land. General Ben had particularly said the government has simply declared war against innocent Nigerians.
It is now war between the militants and security men. Since innocent and helpless citizens, especially from South-South and South East, have been marked for extinction, we will defend our people,” he said.
The ultimatum is coming several days after pro-Biafran supporters were killed during a clash with security agencies in Onitsha, Anambra state during the commemoration of the defunct Biafra Republic.