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Niger Delta militants seize Liberian vessel

Poster: STANCOBRIDGE | Date: 1:40pm, 21st Jul 2016. | Views: 379 | 1 Replies
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STANCOBRIDGE. Jalingo, Taraba
1:40pm, 21st Jul 2016.

– Niger Delta militant group has seized a
vessel reportedly belongs to Liberia
– The group stated that it would decide over
the fate of crewmembers until July 27
– The militants further appealed to other
groups not to hold talks with President
Buhari’s government
Vessel with the crude oil
The Concerned Militant Leaders (CML),
another Niger Delta militant group, captured a
vessel with Liberian flag along Bakassi
Peninsula of Nigerian waterways, Daily Sun
reports.
This comes as the group revealed that the
next target for attack would be Frontier Oil in
Eket, Akwa Ibom state.
The ship was heading to the Nigeria Liquefied
Natural Gas (NLNG), Bonny, Rivers state
before it was seized by the group.
General Ben, the spokesperson of the CML,
revealed that they seized the ship as part of
their grievances against the government of
President Muhammadu Buhari and to cripple
the economy.
In a statement issued on July 20,
Wednesday, Mr. Ben said they were yet to
ascertain the number of crewmembers
onboard the ship, continuing that they had
every other information about the ship.
He said: “The vessel has the following details
(excluding crew onboard), MMSI: 636015354;
IMO: 9113551; gross tonnage: 25,202;
Country Flag, Liberia; Crude oil tanker and
Pilot, Captain Marcus.”
The CML ruled out any plan to negotiate with
the Nigeria’s authorities anywhere, unless it
is around the Atlantic Ocean, which is their
area of control.
The spokesman noted that the group had not
decided what to do with the vessel and
crewmembers now, but would inform the
government of their intention before
Wednesday, July 27.
He cautioned that no militant group should
negotiate with the government until it
addressed the agitations of the Niger Delta
agitators, especially the release of the leader
of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi
Kanu, which CML, in particular, is concerned
about.
“This is the worst government we have had
since this democratic dispensation. People
are suffering and dying due to hardship and
government does not want to listen to the
grievances of our people.
“There is no time again for negotiation with
any government, and no group, even the
Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) should not do
that. Government should wait for us and ex­
pect more pipeline attack,” the group added.
Renewed attacks by new militant groups in
Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region since
early this year have reduced Nigeria’s oil
production to a 22-year low.
Some experts believe that if President Buhari
sticks to his sledge hammer approach, the
violence will escalate and the target and
tactics of militants may change as well, with
dire cascading economic and security
consequences for the country.
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