New Niger Delta Group Vows to Launch Missiles

A new group, the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, on Thursday vowed to launch six missiles, shut down Nigeria’s satellite system and enforce a ‘no flight’ operation within the country’s airspace from Tuesday next week.

The group, which said it was working closely with the deadly Niger Delta Avengers, which has claimed responsibility for the destruction of oil and gas facilities in the region, also gave the Nigerian military 48 hours to quit the region or face extermination.

The JNDLF made the threats in a statement sent to journalists in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Thursday, signed by ‘General’ Akotebe Darikoro, Commander, General Duties; ‘General’ Torunnanaowei Latei, Creeks Network Coordinator; ‘General’ Agbakakuro Owei-Tauro, Pipelines Bleeding Expert; and ‘General’ Pulokiri Ebiladei of its Intelligence Bureau.

THISDAY could neither independently verify the source of the e-mail nor the authenticity of the new group, but several other groups that later turned out deadly have emerged in the same manner in the region in the last few years.

All the missiles it would deploy, the group said, were capable of bringing down any aircraft no matter how big or potent.

While accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of deciding to break up the country by his actions, the new group noted that its Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC) which it claimed is the highest organ of all the freedom fighting bodies, has endorsed a 15-point agenda.

Further details will follow when available.

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