Militants threaten to blow oil facilities if fund demands for University not met

Paul Osuyi, Asaba

A militant group in the Niger Delta, Urhobo Liberation Force (ULF), has threatened to blow up oil and gas facilities in Urhobo land if the Federal Government fails to make adequate budgetary provisions for the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE) in Effurun, Delta State within 14 days.

ULF vowed to return Nigeria to zero oil and gas production and force it into another recession if adequate provisions are not made within the 14-day ultimatum.

The group alleged that the budgetary provision for financial implementation of FUPRE, which is located in Urhobo land, was deliberately left out in the 2018 Appropriation Bill sent by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly.

The threat was contained in a statement jointly signed by Orubu Ekpe, who is in charge of operations and Mike Agbalele, in charge of defence for the group.

It frowned at the provision N45 billion in the 2018 budget for North East Development Commission (NEDC), insisting that NEDC…

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