Britain had warned the Nigerian Government to rather dialogue with Niger Delta militants than engage them. As at the time of filing this report, a new militant group, Red Egbesu Water Lions, has emerged from the creeks of Bayelsa.
To herald their arrival, they proceeded to an Agip oil facility located in Sagbama Local Government Area and blew up a gas pipeline.
A security source in the know of the new group stated that “Egbembiri is a border town between Bayelsa and Delta states. They destroyed the Ayama section of the Ogboinbiri-Tuomo gas pipeline with dynamites at about 9.00 pm on Tuesday. That line was earlier repaired, last week and again vandalized.
“We, however, suspect that dispute over the surveillance contract led to the attack. The Agip pipeline links major oil facilities in Delta and Bayelsa States.”
The Red Egbesu Water Lions is headed by one “General” Torunanawei Latei. The group says it is going to form alliances with IPOB and Niger Delta Avengers so as to make Nigeria ungovernorable for President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group “Issued the Federal Government a seven-day ultimatum to release Nnamdi Kanu, former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki and direct EFCC to defreeze the bank accounts of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupol, alias Tompolo.
The group also demands an “Unconditional and immediate payment to victims of the Bonga Oil Spill and Chevron gas explosion in Koluama, Bayelsa state.”
According to them, “It is extremely important to note that the engine room of the national interest is the executive obedience to court orders, protection and preservation of citizens’ constitutional liberties. Justification of executive disobedience to court orders as a protection of national interest is abominable.
“This is a deliberate ploy to bend the law and suspend the 1999 Constitution. We ask, does President Muhammadu Buhari have any legal capacity to declare anyone as a criminal? Disobedience to court orders is an act of executive rascality in the country,” they stated.