Pipelines vandalism: Gbaramatu monarch disowns Avengers

Niger Delta Avengers

Pere Williams Ogoba, Oboro II, the monarch of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta, has ordered the arrest of anyone found around oil installations in his domain.

The monarch spoke through the spokesman of the Gbaramatu Traditional Council, Mr Godspower Gbenekama on Wednesday in Warri.

The king said that the Gbaramatu people were not in support of the nefarious activities of the dreaded Niger Delta Avengers.

He also frowned at the presence of military apparatus within the kingdom.

“We are not in support of the Avengers and we are not at war with the Federal Government.

“All we are saying is that we want development.

“The Federal Government should fast-track all the things like the Ogoni cleanup, the EPZ project, the Maritime University among others it promised to do.

“Two fighter jets, helicopters and boats roamed the length and breadth of Gbaramatu, what they were looking for, we don’t know.

“We want to warn criminals that will want to use the present threat situation to cause confusion in the Gbaramatu kingdom, anybody caught getting close to pipelines with the purpose of vandalizing pipes will be severely dealt with by the Gbaramatu kingdom.

“The chairmen in the kingdom should be vigilant, if they see any strange person in the kingdom or any son of the kingdom that is about carrying out nefarious activities as it affects government facilities should be apprehended,” the king said.

While condemning the activities of the Avengers, the monarch appealed to the Federal Government to withdraw military presence from the kingdom.

The royal father noted that sending military jets and fighter planes to intimidate the people could not have been the solution to the Niger Delta problems, but dialogue.