A cult group going by the name, Egbesu Mightier Fraternity has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to release the Radio Director of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu and the former National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki in the next two week without hesitation and unconditionally.
The cult group warned that if the two persons were not released from detention within the stipulated time, they will shut down every oil and gas activities in the region.
They also wanted the federal government to ask the military to leave Gbaramatu within the same period even as they said that Tompolo is not responsible for the bombing of oil and gas pipelines in the region.
In a statement by the group’s spokesman, Captain Agbaka Doctor, Egbesu Fraternity said that the Niger Delta Avengers is a branch for the struggle, adding that there was nothing wrong in Tompolo selling his land to the government as requested.
“Federal government approached to Chief Tompolo for his land to be used as Maritime University and he passionately sold his land to the government based on agreement, humanly what is wrong in that for someone to sell what belongs to him, is it a crime in Nigeria now?
“It is also extremely important to note that the engine room of the National interest is the Executive obedience to court orders and protection and preservation of the citizens’ constitutional liberties. Justification of executive disobedience to court orders as a protection of national interest is abominable.
“It is also a deliberate ploy to bend the law and suspension of the 1999 constitution.
Federal government disobedience to court decisions is one of the dimensions of corruption and seen as gross abuse of office, contrary to section 15 (5) of the 1999 constitution.
“We ask, is President Muhammadu Buhari has any legal capacity to declare anyone as a criminal instead of the courts? Disobedience to court orders is an act of executive rascality’s in the country.
“Nmandi Kanu has been in detention since October 14, 2015 when he was arrested by operatives of the DSS while the former national security adviser too is facing multiple charges before three different courts and was re-arrested recently at the gate of Kuje prision, Abuja shortly after he has perfected all his bail conditions. The continued detention and incarceration of the two accused persons is humanly unjustifiable in the 1999 constitution and therefore the rule of law must be respected”.
“President Muhammadu Buhari must not constitute himself as a court of law and allow justice to prevail in the country. Within this period we will halt gas and oil operations in the country until they are released as directed by the courts.
“With oil prices slipping below 40 dollars a barrel, if the government of President Buhari is willing, we will help to reduce its price of barrel 5 dollars. Nigeria will collapse under the watch of All Progressive Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari as we will do everything necessary to actualize the American prediction.
“The silence in the region is a legacy of former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua should not be thrown away on the altar of vindictiveness. The government should thread with caution and wisdom by ensuring that anything capable of provoking anger in the region be avoided or else every region shall maintain their respective resources because the money belongs to the people of the region and not APC and Buhari government.
“We are given the Buhari administration the next two weeks to rescind its decision or otherwise Nigerian will be a history as predicted by American.
“We also demand the immediate payment of Bonga Oil Spill and Chevron gas explosion in Koluama in Bayelsa state unconditionally to the affected communities and their claimants.
The country will be a grounded and let us see what the president will use to run the economy and we will accomplish the ultimatum.” [myad]