The communities, namely; Diebiri, Egbema, Gbaramatu, Iduwini, Ogbe-Ijoh, Ogulagha and Kou kingdoms, in are hosts to flow-stations and well heads operated by Agip, Neconde Energy Ltd, Chevron Nigeria Ltd, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and Shell Development Petroleum Company (SPDC).
The communities also called on foreign embassies in Nigeria to advise their nationals in their territories to vacate their personnel and contractors as their safety would no longer be guaranteed henceforth.
The statement by the communities was signed by Comrade Sherif Mulade and 20 other representatives of the various communities and made available to the Nigerian Tribune.
Not done, the communities called on the Delta State government to release the alleged N300 billion owed the Delta State Oil Producing Development Commission (DESOPADEC) meant for the development of the communities.
The statement read in part, “Having carefully and painstakingly studied the executive bill at the floor of the Delta State House of Assembly on the proposed DESOPADEC Amendment Bill, we, in strong terms, condemn and reject the bill in its entirety as it seeks to rip us off of the 13 percent derivation fund given to the oil and gas producing communities in the state.
“The bill is inimical to the principle of derivation and insensitive to the peculiarities of the oil-producing