A militant group, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) on Saturday night said it would make a statement to intimidate the ongoing “Operation Crocodile Smile” being carried out by the military in the Niger Delta.
NDGJM said it will blow up oil facilities as it accused the military of engaging in random arrests.
The group, which claimed it is not Urhobo Militant, denounced one Gabriel Ogbudje, who was arrested last week along Abraka-Agbor road as one of its key members.
It said in a statement signed by its spokesman, Aldo Agbalaja, “Again, the Nigerian Army, in a bid to save face, announced the arrest of ‘the declarer of Operation Crocodile Tears’ and its spokesman said his name is Gabriel Ogbudje.
“By the so-called arrest, these jesters are suggesting that they have finally reached the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate. For the avoidance of doubts, we do not know this said Gabriel Ogbudje as either a member or leader so we wonder why he was attributed with the mandate’s ongoing operation”, it added.
The Urhobo militant group decried the ongoing military exercise code-named Operation Crocodile Smile saying it was a facade.
“The ongoing so-called operation, which the deceptive military administration has guised as an innocent training drill (Operation Crocodile Smile) is nothing but a facade, put together just to retire freshly stolen military fund and in the bid to make the cover-up look tight.
“These unprofessional and ill-trained men have been feverishly engaged in a spree of blind arrests; just anyone that comes in sight, which explains the senseless arrest and parade of a septuagenarian, some teenagers and a pregnant woman as militants.
“The High Command of the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate has watched with disgust the unprofessional approach of the Nigerian armed forces in their so-called campaign against our struggle and we feel sad to say this system is a pathetic waste of time and the resources of the peoples of this contraption called Nigeria.
“How can a supposedly national defense force operate without precise intelligence, but will rather use the people’s resources to buy cover-ups for itself?”, it asked.
“To prove to the world that the Nigerian armed forces have been engaged in a blind and random arrest of mostly innocent and helpless community people, we shall be making a very loud statement to intimidate the smiling crocodile”, it said.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.