A new group, Utorogun Liberation Movement, ULM, surfaced, Thursday, in Delta State, vowing to destroy the Utorogun Gas Plant, Ughelli, Delta State.
The gas plant which supplies gas to Egbin Power Station, Lagos, and other facilities under Oil Mining Lease, OML 34 is located in Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state.
The new militant group claiming alliance with another group, Outgas Force, through its leader, General K Omoudu, announced the group’s intention to the host communities in OML 34, Utorogun community, Otu-Jeremi, Otor-Udu, Iwkrekan, Ekakpamre and all oil and pipeline communities within the area.
Declaring the group as a secessionist movement, Omoudu posited that things happening in the environment informed its avowed plans to blow up the gas plant as a means of agitating for economic balance.
It pointed at the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC and ND Western as the region’s enemy of progress who wish the people poverty and death.
He said: “This area is the heart of hydrocarbon industries in Nigeria and other countries responsible for a huge chunk of the nation’s oil earnings. If we fail to fight, we will face a precarious future. The door is widely open for anybody within this region to join the exercise, text your names and community to these numbers -08029936321, 08074237107. Do not call; you will receive text of days of meetings few days from now.”
Since militancy resurfaced in the Niger Delta region with the activities of Niger Delta Avengers, more groups have continued to sprout up, all with same demands of a better treatment from the government, and control of own resources among others.
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