The now popular militant group, Niger Delta Avengers has issued a press release accusing two top officers of theNigerian Army of receiving N250m bribe to destroy Gbaramatu Kingdom.
The militants alleged that Brig. Gen. Faruk Yahaya and Major. M. B. Yahaya took a bribe from a Niger Delta businessman.
They said “…The said Capt. Hosa bribed the Brigade Commander Benin (Brig. Gen. Faruk Yahaya) alongside the Officer Commanding Army Gunboat, JTF (Major. M. B. Yahaya) with the sum of two hundred and fifty million naira (250,000,000) in collaboration with one Ayiri Emami to destroy Gbaramatu Kingdom in the guise of looking for the Niger Delta Avengers.”
The militants who slammed Tompolo for his ‘friendship’ with the Federal Government said “We offered you the olive branch by beckoning you to join us in this struggle, but you refused.”
They also revealed that the Chairman and CEO of Oil Marine Services (OMS), Capt. Okunbor Idahosa also known, as Capt. Hosa, got a contract from the Nigerian Government to secure pipelines from Escravos to Lokoja.
The militants also said “The question is, why the innocent people of Gbaramatu, why the innocent pregnant women, why unleash terror on the aged people of Gbaramatu, Capt. Hosa, Major Yahaya, Ayiri and Brid. Gen Faruk must you waste all these innocent blood just to secure the pipeline surveillance job? Why making the innocent people of Gbaramatu suffer? This act of the Nigerian Army to us is the greatest act of cowardice. This fight we believe is against the Avengers and not the innocent villagers of Gbaramatu Kingdom.
“Where is the International Community and the United Nations when all these unspeakable injustice, is served the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom by the very unprofessional Nigerian Military? Are they not aware of the raping of young girls, looting and destruction of properties by the Nigeria military in Gbaranmatu kingdom?”
The Niger Delta Avengers have vowed to continue to blow up pipeline in the oil rich region of the Niger Delta, until the Federal Government meets their demands.
The Nigerian Army recently paraded 10 suspected members of the new militant group