The Niger Delta Red Squad (RDRS), a militant group operating in the oil bearing communities of Ohaji/Egbema council area of Imo State, has reportedly blown a facility belonging to Agip Oil Company at Umuonei in Awara community.
The attack was announced via a Facebook post. The group warned Agip personnel to keep away from the pipeline, as anybody found within the vicinity would be beheaded.
“General Don Wannie”, wrote “We have seen enough marginalisation and it has to be stopped”.
“We are not happy with Agip because they have continued to neglect our communities. Since they have refused to change, we have equally resumed the attack on their pipelines and we are going to blow until they do the right thing”.
“To Imo State government and their security agencies, we ask you to give our people what rightfully belong to them. You think the best thing you can do is to plan how to deploy security men to our area. No problem… we are assuring you that no security agent will come to any part of Awarra and go without being beheaded”.
“Oil companies started operation in our community since 1957, but up till date, we have nothing to show as benefit. For Imo State government, we will make sure you make no further gains from Ohaji/Egbema. “Since God’s creation, neither Imo State government nor oil companies have remembered us. We have been neglected and abandoned. No electricity. No tarred roads. No drinking water. No hospital. No youth employment or empowerment. We shall destroy everything in Imo State that was built with our oil money.”
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