The agitation in the Niger Delta took another turn on Wednesday with a new militant group, Red Egbesu Water Lions, giving the Federal Government seven days ultimatum to release the embattled leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, and the former National Security Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
In a statement by its Coordinator, General Torunanawei Latei, the group threatened to team up with the Niger Delta Avengers to shut down oil and gas production in the region if its demands are not met.
The group also demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari direct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to restore the bank accounts of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, adding that the victims of the Bonga Oil Spill and Chevron gas explosion in Koluama, Bayelsa State should be compensated.
Stressing that the Buhari-led federal government was becoming notorious for deliberate disobedience to court orders, the Ijaw group said,
“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,” it said.