In the growing wave of militancy in the Niger Delta, another militant group has emerged, calling for violent secession of the Niger Delta people from Nigeria.
Known as Isoko Liberation Movement, the group said it cannot guarantee the safety of any Niger Deltan in the northern or western regions, once they begin their attacks.
In its email with the title, ‘Peaceful Disintegration or War’, the group said it is in solidarity with the Egbesu Fraternity militants, the Niger Delta Avengers and other militants of the Niger Delta. Although it expressed solidarity with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), it warned them against reliance on a peaceful route to freedom, since it claimed that will not bring liberation.
The statement was signed by Commander Paul Iziakpono, the group’s spokesman.
The statement read: “We members of Isoko Liberation Movement, after much consultations with our fellow brothers in the struggle for the peaceful disintegration of this fraud called Nigeria, wish to issue the following statement:
“We identify with the Niger Delta Advengers, the Red Egbesu Water Lions and all fellow agitators in the struggle for the actualization of Niger Delta Republic.
“We commend and cupport our fellow brothers (IPOB) and their peace struggle to the actualization of the Baifra Republic. But we wish to let them know that peace and lengthy litigations will not yield any result in this corrupt and wicked Islamic Government.
“We advise all Niger Deltans still living in the northern and western part of the country to return home within seven days as their safety cannot be guaranteed after then.
“We advise the Buhari-led Government to as a matter of urgency call for a national conference to discuss the peaceful disintegration of Nigeria or standby and watch the country sink.
“We are giving the Buhari-led Government of this fraud called Nigeria seven days to release IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu or we shall rain hell on all oil installations within the Isoko land.
“For all those Isoko politicians who think they want to work with the Nigerian government to fish us out, our advise for you is watch your back, for we know all your every move.
“Finally we really do not think that Isoko sons or daughter’s blood is worth spilling, so please stay out of our way”, the release said.