Fresh crisis as Niger Delta Avengers threaten to sabotage oil supply

Niger Delta militants

Niger Delta Avengers

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) threatened on Friday to resume bombing of strategic oil facilities in Nigeria.

In a statement on its website signed by  spokesperson, Murdoch Agbinibo, the group said it decided to resume bombing of oil facilities because promises made to them bythe Federal government were not fulfilled.

The group also accused the Federal Government of refusing to address the problems of the region.

The statement reads in part, “To the elders of the Niger Delta, PANDEF, we warned you against the antics of the Nigerian government yet you requested a chance to broker a new vision for our people. We told you and the rest of the world that the Nigerian government is only interested in our oil wells and not our well-being yet you told us the signs are different this time around.

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“Instead of allowing us to continue our quest to bring the Nigerian economy to our targeted zero daily production, which recorded huge success; you threatened us with Tompolo to stop the struggle. Out of respect for elders and not to the threat of Tompolo, we adhered to the call and halted our strike actions hoping that you (PANDEF) would keep your own side of the bargain.

“To the Nigerian government, we are aware of Egina FPSO built in South Korea by Samsung meant to be operated by Total Nigeria is one of the biggest FPSO built in the Asian country. We are aware it has started its voyage to the oil fields of the Niger Delta to further exploit us while our concerns are left unattended. We are presently tracking and monitoring its movement; and God willing, it shall not operate successfully amidst the return of the fury of the Niger Delta Avengers.”

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The Niger Delta Avengers vowed to unleash terror any moment from now.

Also, 56 ex-militants in Rivers State have written an open letter to  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to  probe allegation of  corruption in  the amnesty programme.

“We are using this medium to inform you of the irregularities and corruption that have eaten up the vision of the late President Umaru Musa Yar ‘Adua. Our instant burden stems from the cries of woes occasioned by over 300 members out of whom only 56 of us are courageous to defend and fight for our rights.

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“Our names are attached to the Presidential Amnesty Programme official delegated in recent times to Rivers State by the Special Adviser to the President on Amnesty Programme, in the person of Brigadier-General Paul T. Boroh (Rtd).

“It is therefore a matter of urgent national importance that you intervene expeditiously before this keg of gunpowder explodes and cause mayhem to the Niger Delta and the nation. We therefore, on behalf of our members urge you to use your good office to speedily intervene in this deplorable situation and ensure the prompt payment of our outstanding monthly stipends and restoration of our names to the amnesty programme.”

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