Aggrieved Niger Delta militants have threatened to blow up property belonging to National Assembly members from the oil-rich region.
The militants issued the threat while faulting the cut down of funds allocated to key infrastructural projects for the region in the 2018 budget.
In a meeting held at Egbema, Delta State, the aggrieved militants declared National Assembly members as “enemies of the region” for irresponsibly consenting to the reduction of funds allocated for infrastructural projects in the current budget.
A statement by the leader of Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, RNDA, self-styled ‘General’ Johnmark Ezonebi, branded lawmakers from the region as “ineptitude, foolishness, non-committed approach and dumbness.”
The statement reads, “The RNDA has declared all National Assembly members from the Niger Delta region as the true enemies of the development of the region and would deal decisively with them while their property scattered across the Niger Delta region will receive a dose of our ravaging dynamites.
“We note that the National Assembly members have not been able to attract projects but would sit down and fold their hands in the Green and Red chambers and superintend over reduction of funding for key projects attracted to the development of the long-neglected region by others.
“It is shameful and abysmal failure on the part of our legislators in the National Assembly to sit down and endorse this injustice done to the people of the region when the President had already allocated funds for such projects with direct positive impact on the people.
“It is totally unacceptable in this era as it will no longer be condoned for our elected representatives to pursue their personal interest to the detriment of the region’s development as was clearly displayed by former President Goodluck Jonathan in his epileptic six years reign while under his blind watch, allowed some of his ministers and cohorts to milk the wealth of the region dry without contributing any single project to the region.
“We were totally taken aback over the reduction of funds allocated to the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenko. This was one project that we sacrificed our lives in the creek to fight for, the second Niger bridge, the East-West road that cuts across all the Niger Delta states, which former President Jonathan and his PDP government could not complete, among other critical projects by the National Assembly.”