On Saturday, one of the militant groups in the Niger Delta region, Greenland Justice Mandate, has warned Shell and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation not to reopen the Trans Forcados pipeline in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State pending a directive from it telling them to do so.

The group also issued a warning to President Buhari not discuss the future of the region with the same group of persons responsible for the “current parlous state of the region.”

 

The group spokesman, Aldo Agbalaja, said:

 

‘‘Trans Forcados crude is under force majeure from operator Shell since a militant attack on the subsea pipeline in February and it is due to resume operation this week following the completion of repair works and maintenance.

“We do not have much to say to the oil companies than to just dare them to reopen the Trans-Forcados pipeline. We are aware that you are experts at testing wills, especially as you believe that you have a military shield. Please, go ahead to restart the facility and see what will happen.’’

“We thought we should not continue to ignore the grand error being orchestrated by those who are responsible for the current parlous state of the Niger Delta region. These people seem to have succeeded in bewitching and railroading the Federal Government into settling for a dialogue with them in the name of the Niger Delta people.’’