A group of Niger Delta militants, the Isourhobo Bombers led by General Titus Deadman, has, in what it described as the spirit of respect and honour for the personalities who weighed-in after the 7-ultimatum was issued by his group suspended their planned action which was to begin on Sunday.
‘General’ Deadman-led group had threatened to blow off oil and gas pipelines in Urobo and Isoko lands should the Federal Government “choose the path of defiance” as it promised to shock the nation at the expiration of the ultimatum.
However, the planned strike has been suspended according to a press statement issued in Ughelli, Delta State, early Friday morning.
Deadman noted that, the Interim Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, (PAP) General Barry Ndiomu, (Rtd.), the Riverine Peace Initiative in the Niger Delta, RPIND and the Urhobo Progressive Union, UPU were the critical stakeholders who prevailed on the group to suspend the strike to pave the way for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited and the National Petroleum Development Company, to reverse the wrongs done in the security contract award process.
According to Deadman, “we have agreed to call off the ultimatum, we have agreed to return to roundtable for negotiation and for Peace to reign. The Amnesty boss spoke to us through our trusted mediator, AKpodoro, Mayor of Urhoboland, at a breath-taken nocturnal meeting with our representatives.
“The UPU led by Ese Gam, is among the bodies that we have chosen to trust in this negotiation and we elected to suspend the strike based on their peace efforts ditto the Comrade Toluwa Mulade’s RPIND. We have listened to you all, and based on the trust and confidence reposed on the above-mentioned personalities, and having consulted widely, the 7-day ultimatum is hereby suspended,” the statement reads.