The Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators has signalled security agencies over the weapons cache allegedly owned by some politicians in the region.
The coalition said the arms were being amassed ahead of the 2019 election to instigate violence in oil rich states of Rivers and Akwa Ibom states
The statement jointly signed by John Duku, convener of the coalition, and leaders of 10 other militant groups, said unnamed politicians are recruiting thugs in the south-south region for “election violence”.
The statement read: “The Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators wishes to use this medium to draw the attention of the general public and the International Community to the mass movement of sophisticated arms and ammunition to the South-South zone of the country.
“This is for the sole purpose of distributing same to already recruited thugs/youths. Within the last one month, over 48,000 AK-47 rifles, pump action shotguns, pistols, ammunition and other weapons have been moved to different locations in the Niger Delta region.
“There is the proliferation of dangerous weapons in the Niger Delta region brought in by politicians to cause mayhem in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.”
The south-south region has been a hotbed of election violence in recent years.