The New Delta Avenger, NDA, a new coalition of ex-militants from the oil producing areas of Delta State, has fired back at Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, challenging him to give account of the 13 per cent derivation he received from the Federation Account in the last two years.
The group also asked him to explain what the oil producing communities, especially the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, benefited from the money.
Okowa had yesterday declared that members of the new group might not be Deltans.
The group, which threatened last week to resume fresh hostilities in the state from June 30, had accused Governor Okowa of allegedly marginalizing the oil producing areas of the state.
Spokesperson of the militant group, self-styled Cpl Olleum Bellum, in a statement, said: “If you see the allocations for states that were released by Ministry of Finance today (yesterday), you will see that Delta State and Okowa were paid N4, 747,930,884.16 billion for February and DESOPADEC is supposed to get half of that money, but we know that nothing was paid to DESOPADEC.
“We also call on President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo to pay 13 per cent money direct to oil communities. We want to control our resources in Delta because government has failed us. This may become another frontier in the war against operation in the Niger Delta.”
The militant group called for the names and physical locations of the projects the state government claimed to have spread in oil communities in Ija, Isoko, Ijaw, Isoko, Ndokwa and Urhobo communities.
It said, “But we have to inform you today that the hour is near. We said before that we will commence our operation on the end of month, that we can move the date forward. New Delta Avenger command is now ready. We have sent all our boys and materials to the location we are target (sic) and we have also put the government on notice about our action. We are not cowards, we do not hide under the shadow to operate.
“Let the governor wake up from his slumber and come to term with his vicious acts towards our communities. He cannot wash away the truth. He has not done anything to benefit the oil communities from Ndokwa to Koko to Forcados.
“We said he is robbing Peter to pay Paul and we stand by this. Let him release the fact on the fund that he had given to DESOPADEC. Why is he not publishing accounts of the state allocation, internally generated revenue, IGR and other revenues and what he has done with them like his colleagues in other states are doing.
“Even projects that were begun before the Okowa government by DESOPADEC have all halted because the money is being siphoned,” NDA said.