FG not sincere on dialogue with Niger Delta –Avengers

…accuse government playing politics   The Federal Government has been accused of insincerity on moves geared towards resolving the perennial crisis of militancy in the Niger Delta. The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), one of the militant groups agitating for resource autonomy for the people of the oil-rich region, made the accusation yesterday while reacting to Buhari’s latest pronouncement on the proposed dialogue between the Federal Government and leaders of the Niger Delta. Buhari had, at the weekend, told some visitors to the State House that his administration will persuade the…

Niger Delta Avengers claim fresh attack on Nembe Creek pipeline

Nigerian militant group Niger Delta Avengers on Tuesday said that it had attacked the Nembe Creek Trunk Line pipeline in the southern Niger Delta. The group, which wants more energy wealth to go to the swampland region which is the source of most of Nigeria’s oil, said it would continue attacking energy facilities until the “environment prevails for genuine dialogue and negotiations” to end a spate of attacks dating back to January, reports Reuters.

Boko Haram, Avengers are blackmail tools, says ex-gov Rasidi Ladoja

Senator Rasidi Ladoja is an ex-Oyo State governor, an Ibadan High Chief, and currently the National Leader of the Accord Party. In this interview with SOLA ADEYEMO, he x-rays several local and national issues bordering on governance, education, economy, state of the nation at 56, among other issues How do you describe local government administration in the country, vis-a-vis the under-development witnessed in many states, and how it has been affecting the welfare of the masses? There are three tiers of government: the local, state and federal. Each should control…

‘Suspects are members of Niger Delta Avengers’

Determined to flush out undesirable elements in the creeks, the Nigerian Navy has arrested scores of suspects involved in illegal oil bunkering and impersonations. The Base Commander, Navy Commodore Joseph Odunve, said the suspects were the brains behind series of bombings and vandalism of oil pipelines in the creeks and water ways. He added: “Scores of those arrested so far, are members of the dreaded Niger Delta Avengers. Some of them are also those involved in kidnapping, sea piracy, and impersonation of naval officers.” Odunve, who promised to unleash hell…

Avengers, Mandate disagree on N’Delta peace-talk

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) finally broke its silence over dialogue between the Niger Delta Elders and leaders under the leadership of Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark with President Muhammadu Buhari. The elder statesman had early last week under the Pan Niger Delta Elders and stakeholders Forum tabled a 16-point demand before President Buhari as solutions to the resumed hostilities in the troubled region. Besides the Avengers which held sway in the region since the President assumed office last year, other militants’ axis, including the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, had…

Avengers blow up Chevron’s Escravos oil facility

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has attacked the Escravos Export pipeline, belonging to Chevron Nigeria Limited in Delta State. The action of the militia group marked an end to highly celebrated ceasefire and avowed dialogue with the Federal Government being explored by the former Minister of Information in the First Republic, Chief Edwin Clark. The Trans-Forcados trunk is the major delivery line that was bombed in the wake of the resumed hostility in the Niger Delta by the militants. Spokesman for the group, Brig.-Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, who claimed responsibility for…

Avengers challenges FG on abandoned reports, others

A militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), has challenged the Federal Government on the implementation of the four committee reports that were abandoned by his predecessors. The reports, including the Sir Henry Willinks Report, the Kaiama Declaration Document, the General Alexander Ogomudia Committee Report, the Leedum Mitee Report and the Ogoni Bill of Rights, were abandoned since 1958 till date. The Ogoni Bill was initiated by the renowned environmental rights activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, adopted by the people of Ogoni on August 26, 1990, in Bori-Ogoni, the traditional headquarters of…