*As Oghior community demands N855m compensation from NPDC for spillage
By Emma Amaize, Festus Ahon & Perez Brisibe
UGHELLI—Urhobo Youth Leaders Association, UYLA, in Delta State, yesterday, dismissed the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate Group, NDGJM, which announced, Monday, that it was not prepared for talks with the Federal Government, saying the militant group is a bunch of strange criminals and does not symbolize any interest.
“Those militants are mischief makers. Greenland Justice does not represent any interest. We, the Urhobo Youth Leaders Association, believe in negotiation and the 16-point demand by the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF,” UYLA said in a statement by the secretary general, Vincent Oyibode.
It added: “They are faceless criminals. Who are they, where are their communities? They should show their identities if they are really fighting for Niger Delta. They claim to know what they do not know.”
Meanwhile, Oghior community in Udu Local Government Area is demanding a compensation of N855 million from the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, for damage and allegedly failing to contain an oil spillage in the community in September, which the militant group took advantage of to make a bogus claim.
It has written a letter to the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, informing him that the fire outbreak in the community was caused by NPDC’s negligence, saying the locals noticed the leakage on September 19, alerted the management of the company, which felt unconcerned until last Sunday’s fire incident.
Clearly piqued by NDGJM’s claim that its strike force brought down the 42-inch delivery line operated by the NPDC and ND Western in Delta state, last Sunday, the UYLA emphasized: “The fire outbreak at Oghior in Udu Local Government Area was basically caused by NPDC’s negligence and not by any militant attack.”