From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha
THE Egbesu Mightier Fraternity, also known as Egbesu Boys, yesterday, gave the Federal Government two weeks to unconditionally release leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd).
The group also directed the federal government to ask the military to leave Gbaramatu, in Delta State, within the same period or else, they will shut down every oil and gas activities in the Niger Delta region.
A statement signed by the Egbesu spokesman, Captain Agbaka Doctor and made available to Daily Sun claimed Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, was not responsible for the bombing of oil and gas pipelines in the region. He said Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) was part of the struggle.
Egbesu boys also demanded immediate payment of compensation to victims of Bonga Oil Spill and Chevron gas explosion in Koluama in Bayelsa State.
“The Federal Government approached Chief Tompolo for his land to be used as Maritime University and he passionately sold his land to the government based on agreement. What is wrong for someone to sell what belongs to him? Is it a crime in Nigeria now?
“It is also extremely important to note that national interest is the executive’s obedience to court orders and protection and preservation of the citizens’ constitutional liberties. Justification of the executive’s 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. The Federal Government’s 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.
“Disobedience to court orders is an act of executive rascality in the country. Nnandi Kanu has been in detention since October 14, 2015 when he was arrested by operatives of the DSS while Dasuki, too, is facing multiple charges before three different courts and was re-arrested recently at the gate of Kuje Prisons, Abuja shortly after he had 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.
“With oil prices slipping, we will help to reduce its price of barrel to $5.
“Silence in the region is a legacy of former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and should not be thrown away on the altar of vindictiveness. Government should tread with caution and wisdom by ensuring that anything capable of provoking anger in the region be avoided or every region will maintain their respective resources because the money belongs to the people of the region and not government.
“We are giving the Buhari administration the next two weeks to rescind its decision or, otherwise, Nigeria will be history as predicted by the United States of America (USA).
“The country will be grounded and let us see how the economy will run,” Captain Agbaka warned in the statement.