A Militant group in Niger Delta, the Concerned Militant Lead­ers (CML) yesterday afternoon, seized a ship with Liberian flag along Bakassi Peninsula of Nigerian wa­terways.This is even as the group disclosed that the next target for
This is even as the group disclosed that the next target for attack would be Frontier Oil in Eket, Akwa Ibom State.
According to source, the vessel was heading to the Nigeria Liquefied Nat­ural Gas (NLNG), Bonny, Rivers State before it was intercepted by the mili­tants.
Spokesperson of the CML, General Ben, dis­closed that they seized the ship as part of their griev­ances against the Federal Government and to cripple the economy.
Ben, in a statement yes­terday evening, said they were yet to ascertain the number of crewmembers onboard the vessel, adding that they had every other information about the ship.
“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,” he said.
The group ruled out any intention to dialogue with the Federal Govern­ment anywhere, unless it is around the Atlantic Ocean, which is their area of con­trol.
The spokesperson stated that CML had not decided what to do with the vessel and crewmembers now, but would inform the Fed­eral Government their in­tention before Wednesday, July 27.
He warned that no mili­tant group should dialogue with the Federal Govern­ment until it addressed the agitations of the Niger Delta agitators, particular­ly the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), 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 ex­pect more pipeline attack.”
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