Nigeria Police has warned the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, against its planned declaration of a republic on October 1, stating that it was a treasonable offence to do so.
In fact, the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Donald Awunah said in an interview that the security agencies would not allow any action that might lead to a breakdown of law and order in any part of the country, even as he advised the avengers against testing the might of the federal government.
He said it was provocative for the avengers to even conceive such an idea in the first place, asking them to channel their grievances through legal means, insisting that the police and other security agencies would not condone any act of lawlessness in the region.
He said, “I believe they (militants) know that it is a treasonable felony to declare a republic. The police and other security agencies will not allow any treasonable action to be perpetrated in any part of the country. They have been warned.”
The Niger Delta Avengers had last Thursday, vowed to declare Niger Delta a republic on October 1.
Avengers’ spokesperson, Mudoch Agbinibo, in a statement on its website said if President Muhammadu Buhari failed to restructure the country before October 1, the group would declare a republic.
Agbinibo said the Buhari- led government had failed Nigerians as policies executed by his government had been misdirected.
He stated that the group was praying for Buhari to find oil in northern Nigeria in commercial quantity.
“The October 1st declaration of independence is still sacrosanct if the Nigeria government fails to retrace its steps by restructuring this country.
“Our prayer for Buhari and the Northern hypocrite (Northern Governors) is that oil should be found in commercial quantity in the North, so they can let the Niger Delta go.
“The Buhari-led government has failed Nigerians with their misdirected policies that has divided the country, as such, nobody wants to be part of that failed state not even the Niger Delta.
“We want to warn the general public that those using NDA to defraud people, days of reckoning is close,” he said.

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