Ex-militant leaders under the aegis of Coalition of Urhobo Ex-Militant Agitators, CUEA, have given the Ferderal Government a 14-day ultimatum to release their “fair share” of the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme or face attacks on oil operations in the area.
According to the group, members were aggrieved that they were misled by ex-militant warlord, Isreal Akpodoro, to surrender their arms to the Joint Task Force in 2010 on the understanding that President Jonathan had agreed to extend full benefits of Phase II Amnesty to them.
In a statement by the group’s leader, Okposio Andrew, the group lamented their being completely abandoned, arguing that, “little did we know that we were being fooled and misled by Akpodoro, the agent of government, who was hired to disarm our camps. At the expiration of this ultimatum, if the authorities fail to accord us as much benefits as other ethnic nationalities presently enjoying the amnesty, we have no option than to reduce the country’s earnings from the sale of crude oil in the international market.”
The group listed the Utorogu Gas Plant, Afisere Flow Station, Warri Refinery and Kokori Flow Station as well as other oil installations spread along Urhobo waterways among their targets of attack if their grievances were not addressed within the next 14 days.