OPC warns Niger Delta over eviction threat to Yoruba


The Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, has called on leaders in the southern part of the country to caution a group called Niger Delta Agitators over the threat of eviction of Yoruba residents in the region.

It warned that the backlash of such a move may not be palatable.

A group, the Niger Delta Agitators, was reported in the media earlier in the week to have threatened to evict Yoruba from the Niger Delta region.

The OPC, in a statement issued at the weekend, condemned the call saying it “could deflate the robust relationship being experienced by the Southwest and the Southern counterparts.”

According to the OPC in the statement, signed by its national coordinator, Gani Adams, the recent threat issued by John Duku, leader of the Niger Delta Agitators was the second of such in recent time.

”We know that the position of the Militants may not reflect that of their leaders,” OPC said.

The OPC said it identified the need for the leaders of Niger Delta to caution the militants because “there is a need for them to speak out against the move of the group”.

It said the move may have an ”ill effect of further threat against our people in the Niger Delta region. We see the Southerners as friends but we are not in any way comfortable with the threat to quit.”

The OPC warned the agitators to realise that “there are more indigenes of their region in the Southwest than the South westerners in their region” and thus demand that “Yorubas must be safe in Niger Delta.”

Nigeria has been rocked by ethnic agitations across its numerous regions in recent weeks.

The Coalition of Northern Groups recently gave an October 1 deadline for Igbos living in the Northern region to vacate or be forcefully ejected. It has since withdrawn its quit notice but with conditions attached.

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, a prominent secessionist group, dismissed the quit notice and its subsequent withdrawal.


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  • atakamosu

    The Niger Delta Agutators are part of IPOB. Sow confusion in the camp of your perceived enemy and he will destroy within. OPC like any other militant group are only strong as permitted by government. If the suspected or identified members of militan groups are rounded up and made to disappear, then the threats become empty boasts. When these groups usher in chaos, the West will look the other way while their rights are taken away.

  • obiora

    SW Cheating SS off their OIL well can not be translated as Friendship. SW should Leave SS OIL well for them, no SS man is in Yoruba to Cheat Yoruba people off their property.

  • Justice Equity

    It is the era of madness, hooligans ,criminals and almajiri imbeciles ganging up to issue quit notice on reasonable citizens going about their legitimate duties and living their lives without been a stumbling block to anybody.
    This is all the dividend that Nigeria is harvesting for voting an old bigoted grandpa ,clannish, ethnic, religious hate bigot as president.
    May God save Nigeria from the side effects and consequences of making a terrible bad choice in a democracy. Surely God will help Nigeria shall survive the remaining 17 months of the worst ever hateful, divisive ,discord sowing and malicious government ever.

  • Reality

    We don’t want Yorubas in our region. We are not friends, its only the oil that you guys are interested in. Yoruba and Hausa are the same. We don’t want them in our region. Parasites

    • tulampa

      And who are u to say that?

    • igbo-biafra

  • aisha ani

    Interesting, who will fire the the first bullet?

  • princegab

    Oga Adams, thank you for reminding gbomo jomo and his cohorts that this is “no go area”, opc territory is settled, not negotiable.