A group under the aegis of Ijaw Elite Force, I.E.F. has threatened to resume hostilities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, should the Federal Government ignore the demands made by the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom.
The group made this threat known to newsmen in Warri, via a press statement signed by the group’s spokesman, Comrade Saturday David. Off which a copy was sent to Coastal Times Media.
The group also threatened to shutdown all flow stations, in Gbaramatu kingdom and Niger Delta at large, as a way of prompting the Federal government to do the needful in developing the Kingdom, and the Niger Delta region in extension.
The group stated in the press statement that, Gbaramatu Kingdom and Ijaws from all part of the Niger Delta region has all contributed to the daily increase in Nigeria’s income, despites the current happening in the world that has reduced the economy of some countries.
The Ijaw Elite Force,
While defending the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom for their demands, said the demands are not just for the ijaws alone, but are issues that if addressed will put smile on the faces of the Ijaw people, Niger Deltans and Nigerians at large.
I.E.F as well noted that meeting this demands in no time, on the part of the Federal Government, will be favorable to all. As this will terminate any action that will pull the nation into any form of economical loss and unrest.
The Ijaw Elite Force added that Federal Government of Nigeria has been extracting oil out of the land of Gbaramatu Kingdom without any form of social amenities and attention in terms of development.
The group therefore, demand that the Federal Government should with immediate effect, relocate the dockyard which was formally meant for Gbaramatu Kingdom back to the Kingdom. As well as approve the commencement of the EPZ project, which will provide employment opportunities for Ijaws, Niger Deltans and Nigerians at large.
The group also demand that, the Federal Government carryout massive infrastructural development in the kingdom. And also provide adequate funding of the Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko.
They stated that the above demands by the people of Gbaramatu kingdom are not too much to ask of the Federal Government, considering the numerous barrels of oil that is being exported out of the kingdom on a daily basis”.
Comrd Saturday David continued that the Federal Government must act quickly in addressing the various demands raised by the people of Gbaramatu kingdom. Else face the resume of hostilities and the shutting down of all oil facilities in both Gbaramatu kingdom and the Niger Delta region at large”.