19 March 2012, Sweetcrude, WARRI – GUNMEN, suspected to be ex-militants, weekend, bombed an Agip Flow Station in Bayelsa State, claiming it was to protest the gross underdevelopment of Niger-Delta.
The leader of the group, “General” Cairo who spoke to Vanguard on phone, Monday, said, “I am an ex-militant, we are unhappy that for two years, the Federal Government under President Goodluck Jonathan has not done anything tangible to develop the Niger-Delta, that is why we bombed the Agip flow station, that is why we bombed the facility”.
Sweetcrude learnt that the old 10 production pipeline (departure pipeline), also known as Agip manifold, Obrucomo is located at Biseni/Idu area of the state.
“General” Cairo, who is the leader of the Movement for the Survival of Niger-Delta Disarmed Youths, MOSODY, asserted that even though he and men had surrendered their arms, but were not included in the post-amnesty programme, their anger was more of lack of development in the region.
He said nobody was killed in the attack on the Agip flow station and the group would continue the attack until President Jonathan shifts his attention to the development of the region.
“General” Cairo said he knew the ex-militant leader, Mammy Water, who the Joint Task Force, JTF, said was killed in an encounter with naval personnel after some military personnel were massacred, but could not confirm if he is still alive or dead.
According to him, “I was in a separate speedboat when we encountered the military men on that day, but I have been calling his line since without success, I heard that he is dead from the JTF”.
“On the whereabouts of “General” Victor Gbekeke, the ex-militant leader who told Sweetcrude in an interview that he led the attack on the soldiers, “General” Cairo said, “I don’t know him”.