N/Delta Militants Accuse Govs Of Corruption, Mismanagement Of 13 Percent Derivation Fund

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Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, (RNDA), a splinter group of dreaded militants group, Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, has accused Governors in the nine states of the Niger Delta region of mismanaging the 13 percent derivation fund meant to develop host communities in the region.

The group stated this in a statement while calling on President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to stop paying 13 percent fund to the Governors but rather pay it directly to the Niger Delta communities.

They also made a fresh demands for the quick release of the Gas Flare Penalty Funds to the affected oil producing communities in the creek of Niger Delta through the leadership of Host Communities of Nigeria, HOSTCOM, led by Dr Mike Emuh.

According to Vanguard report, leader of the group, self-styled, “Major General Johnmark Ezon-ebi” aka Obama, who spoke on Saturday after a crucial meeting of the commanders at Bini River, Delta state, said: “The Reformed Niger Delta Avengers with the coalition of the nine militant groups in the creeks urge Mr President to do the needful in order to quickly remove the 13 per cent derivation funds from the hands of the Niger Delta state governors.”

Accusing the governors of corruption and not managing the funds well, the militant asserted, “We want the money removed from them because they failed woefully to utilize the money, which amounted to trillions of naira to develop the oil communities in the creeks of Niger-Delta.

“By the relevant Section and Act of the Constitution that established 13 per cent derivation, RNDA is advocating payment of the funds to the oil producing communities in the various states that produce crude oil to be managed by the Host Communities of Nigeria, HOSTCOM,” he said.