The leadership of Niger Delta Liberation Force (NDLF) has condemned in strong terms the alleged attack of Warri Correspondents Chapel Secretariat by those it described as protesting miscreants who posed as ex-militants over the non-availability of reporters to grant them interview in the office at the time they called at the office.
“We warn those youths who parade themselves as ex-militants and (are) at the same time causing insecurity in Niger Delta in the name of ex-militants to desist from doing so for the interest of the lives as their serial protest had drawn the anger of NDLF ex- soldiers who have mapped out strategies to deal with them frantically, if the security outfit, especially (as) JTF could not handle them. We want to ask, where their barracks in Niger Delta creeks were and which JFT unit did they fight that guaranteed them the title ex-militants ” Capt. Mark Anthony, Spokesman NDLF said in a statement.
“Now that these miscreants have taken their fight to the Press who are friends of Niger Delta struggle, we want to say that they have stepped on toes and they will no longer be permitted to carry out protest of any form in the streets of Warri and any other Niger Delta cities as their protest had been viewed as inimical to the Niger Delta struggle. To the best of NDLF, the press,especially the Warri press are the mouthpiece of the Niger Delta struggle from the period of Tompolo till date and we will not take it lightly with any individual or styled group”NDLF said.
Mark Anthony added that “By this warning, we urge security agents to investigate and prosecute the ring leaders of the NUJ office attack to act as detterent to others, where report had it that the Warri NUJ chairman narrowly escaped dead and properties belonging to journalists were destroyed, including carwindscreens. We also draw the attention of parents to admonish their children who parade themselves as ex-militants to avoid any unpleasant reports across Niger Delta.”