Friday, 9 September 2016

JUST IN: Niger Delta Militants vows to blow up 500 tankers

Militant group, the Black Mambas, have threatened to set ablaze tankers queuing along the Calabar-Ikom Road if the federal government fails to repair the bad spot on the highway.

Leader of the group and coordinator of the Niger Delta People Volunteer Front (NDPVF), Asu Simeon Mbi (also known as General Simba) in a statement yesterday said his men are set to carry out the attack today, September 9, if the government fails to meet the ultimatum given, the Sun reports.

Mbi said:
“I will set fire on those tankers queuing along Calabar-Ikom Highway because of one bad spot the government cannot fill. No matter the security in place, we will execute it. Just watch and see. Then, the federal government should get ready to count losses again.”
Following the threats by the militants, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) intervened on the failed portions of the Calabar-Ikom highway, after a successful emergency repairs of the Calabar-Itu-Ikot-Ekpene-Aba federal highway.

The acting Managing Director, Ibim Semenitari said an urgent intervention was necessary to alleviate the problems facing commuters and transporters on the road. Meanwhile, Colonel Sani Usman, army’s spokesman, has announced that the troops of 2 Brigade, have recorded a success in a training exercise code named “Operation Crocodile Smile”.

The soldiers have during the last 48 hours discovered and destroyed 74 illegal refineries in Niger Delta region. The military said also that quite a number of militant’s camps in different parts of Rivers and Bayelsa states using swamp buggy and other specialists equipment were destroyed.

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