Towards 2019 General elections, a coalition of Niger Delta militants has alleged that some politicians in the oil rich region are accumulating arms.
According to a statement jointly signed by the coalition’s convener, John Duku and leaders of 10 other militant groups, the arms were being stockpiled “to cause mayhem in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states”.
The coalition said the politicians, whose identities were not disclosed were also recruiting thugs in the South-South region for “election violence”.
The statement read: “The Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators wishes to use this medium to draw the attention of the general public and the International Community to the mass movement of sophisticated arms and ammunition to the South-South zone of the country.
“This is for the sole purpose of distributing same to already recruited thugs/youths. Within the last one month, over 48,000 AK-47 rifles, pump action shotguns, pistols, ammunition and other weapons have been moved to different locations in the Niger Delta region.
“There is the proliferation of dangerous weapons in the Niger Delta region brought in by politicians to cause mayhem in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.”