More trouble seems to be brewing in the south as a new insurgent group, Niger Delta Red Squad (NDRS), has emerged in Imo state.
The new insurgents have claimed responsibility for the bombing of two pipelines belonging to Elf Oil Company at Awara, Ohaji Egbema local government area of the state and have threatened further attack on Shell pipelines in Oguta local government area. It warned that it would shut down all oil wells in the state.
The Nation reports that the group emerged just two weeks after lawmakers raised questions on why the state was excluded from the ones which the federal government had listed for dialogue.
The government reportedly made the move to dialogue with militants in the Niger Delta region hoping that this would put and end to the crisis in the Niger delta area. The Federal government said it had reached a ceasefire agreement with the militants, but the Niger Delta Avengers has denied such claims adding that its leadership is not aware of it.
The report said the lawmakers had argued that the state was deliberately kicked to the curb by the people instigating the dialogue because youths in the state are said to be peaceful. They warned that the exclusion could trigger militancy similar to what was happening in other Niger Delta states.
A statement posted on a Facebook account belonging to the group, NDRS read that it has what it takes to carry out its threat. The group said it would continue with the attacks until the oil-producing areas of the state are given what rightfully belongs to them further warning oil companies to evacuate their workers with immediate effect.