Militancy: Okowa disowns New Delta Avengers

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday disowned the New Delta Avengers (NDA), threatening to resume hostility by destroying oil facilities and causing bloodbath in the state. The militia group had on June 6, last week, vowed to launch a “bloody, destructive and vengeful campaign” with their motor, Death to Traitors and Betrayers, pointing accusing fingers at the governor and all enemies of the state for what they described as shortchanging the state’s Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC) of its statuary monthly 13 per cent allocation. The group was angry…

Addressing divisive voices in Niger Delta

In many respects, the Niger Delta is a special enclave in Nigeria. It is not just richly endowed with oil and gas resources; it is the operational base of the multinational oil corporations in the country. Unarguably, it is the treasure base of the Nigerian economy which is largely dependent on petrodollars. It is also home to a multiplicity of ethnic and linguistic groups who parade diverse cultures and political persuasions. However, the people of the region have managed to forge some form of unity in their collective struggle for…

Dangers of divisive voices in Niger Delta

In many respects, the Niger Delta is a special enclave in Nigeria. It is not just richly endowed with oil and gas resources; it is the operational base of the multinational oil corporations in the country. Unarguably, it is the treasure base of the Nigerian economy which is largely dependent on petrodollars. It is also home to a multiplicity of ethnic and linguistic groups who parade diverse cultures and political persuasions. However, the people of the region have managed to forge some form of unity in their collective struggle for…

Hidden treasures, danger at Igando dumpsite

Lagos State, being a metropolitan city is undergoing a rapid socio-economic growth with the megacity dream registered on almost Lagos residents’ mind. However, one thing stands as the bulging impediment – the filth in almost every nook and cranny!   Lagos is infamous for its massive dump sites – the Olusosun-Ojota landfill, the Ile-Ipo dumpsite and a triplet of dumpsites at LASU Road, Igando – some of which rank high on the list of the biggest dumpsite in the world.   However, some of these dumping grounds are going commercial….

Niger Delta militants restate position on PANDEF

The coalition of Niger Delta militants at the weekend reaffirmed its position that the Chief Edwin Clark-led Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) can no longer enter into negotiations with the Federal Government on behalf of the region. The coalition alleged that PANDEF members consisted of people who could be described as the “Idols of under-development in the Niger Delta.” The body comprises the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA); Niger Delta Joint Revolutionary Crusaders Council; Niger Delta Supreme Egbesu Fighters; Niger Delta Red Scorpion Fighters; Niger Delta Youth Mandate for Justice;…

Niger Delta: Crisis looms as PANDEF disowns splinter group

A major crisis is looming in the Niger Delta as the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) yesterday disowned the Pan Niger Delta Peoples’ Congress (PNDPC), a splinter group which claimed to have the mandate of a coalition of militant organisations to enter into dialogue with the Federal Government on behalf of the oil-bearing communities of the region. The new group, backed by the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA), had, at the weekend, said it had displaced the Chief Edwin Clark-led PANDEF, describing Clark and his colleagues as spent forces who were…

‘Clark-led PANDEF can no longer negotiate for Niger Delta’

The coalition of Niger Delta militants has reaffirmed its position that the Chief Edwin Clark-led Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) can no longer enter into negotiations with the Federal Government on behalf of the region. It alleged that PANDEF members consisted of people who could be described as the “Idols of under-development in the Niger Delta”. The coalition comprises the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (NDA); Niger Delta Joint Revolutionary Crusaders Council; Niger Delta Supreme Egbesu Fighters; Niger Delta Red Scorpion Fighters; Niger Delta Youth Mandate for Justice; Niger Delta People’s…