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The Odua Defenders Union (ODU) has vowed to take the fight to the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) should the militant group attack Lagos within a matter of days as it has threatened to do.The Yoruba group reacting to a threat by the rampaging militant group launch attacks on installations in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Calabar in a matter of days described the planned attacks on Lagos as an insult to the as an insult on the Yoruba race, Vanguard reports.
The ODU president general, Rabak Anthony, in a statement warned against the dangers ahead if Ijaw militants decided to carry out their threat to attack Lagos or any part of Yorubaland. The group said: This threat that was published in all the media, both electronic and print, cannot be taken for granted. Therefore, the Yoruba are ready to make the first move against the Ijaws in Lagos before their ‘brothers’ will storm Lagos. “We fought the Ijaws here in Lagos before because of this their arrogance and they know we are ready for them. They came here about five years ago also to attack the Atlas Cove where Naval officers guarding tank farms were killed. “So, we are not taking this threat without preparation. We are ready, let them make the move.”
The ODU urged the security forces to go after the Niger Delta Avengers, adding that the Yoruba youths are prepared to face them and other Ijaws militants in Lagos.
The group said its members are spread across the whole southwest and can it deal with the militants threat. Meanwhile, the Nigerian vice president on Monday, May 9, presided over some meetings as part of efforts aimed at tackling the menace of militants who have been vandalising oil and gas pipelines in the Niger Delta region. Punch reports that Osinbajo first met behind closed doors with some top security chiefs and government officials over the matter. Monday’s meetings presided over by Osinbajo were held in the conference room of his office inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The first of the meetings was also attended by the minister of state for petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu, as well as the Navy and Army chiefs. Osinbajo also had a separate meeting with the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr Seriake Dickson; and the Amayanabo of Toun Brass, Bayelsa State, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, on the same matter week blown up, a development that led to the shutdown of the facility by the oil major.