The Defence Headquarters has raised the alarm that new militant groups sprouting up in the Niger Delta are hiding under the cover of regional agitation to commit heinous acts in the region.
The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said this in a statement on Tuesday.
He also advised law abiding Nigerians to ignore the order by the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate to people living near oil and gas facilities to vacate the places.
Abubakar said the new militant group, NDGJM, which claimed responsibility for the blowing up of the NNPC pipeline had warned residents to vacate the area to avoid being caught in the coming attacks.
He stressed that nobody or group had the power to force residents to relocate from any part of the country for whatever reason.
Abubakar expressed regrets that some groups were still carrying out destructive acts in spite of the peace moves by the Federal Government.
He said the military would remain focused and committed to the provision of adequate security to lives and property in the country.
He said, “The Defence Headquarters wishes to alert the general public of the disturbing spate with which various militant groups are springing up in the Niger Delta with each of them hiding under regional agitation to commit all manners of crimes and atrocities.
“The latest being the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate that claimed responsibility for blowing up NNPC oil pipelines few days ago. The same group has come out again, demanding residents living near oil and gas infrastructure to vacate their homes to avoid being caught in its next attacks.”