When Avengers speak… everybody pleads

The recent threat by a militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, is not being taken lightly by stakeholders in the oil industry and the oil producing areas. Hence, from every quarter, appeals and pleas have gone out for maintenance of peace. DOMINIC ADEWOLE reports from Asaba If stakeholders in the oil sector of Nigeria’s economy, including the Federal Government, state and local governments, had their way, they would engage soothsayers to foresee when the militants would strike on facilities in the industry. They may even perform some sacrificial rites to…

Sheathe your sword, embrace peace, Gbaramatu’s spokesman tells Avengers

Sequel to an unconfirmed report that some residents of Gbaramatu kingdom in Delta state are deserting their homes following deployment of gun boats and military to the area, the leaders of the area have made a passionate appeal to the Niger Delta Avengers to sheathe their sword and embrace peace. Speaking on the development, spokesman of Gbaramatu kingdom, Chief Godspower Gbenekaeme, urged the militants to allow peace reign as the federal government and notable Ijaw leaders were already talking to the government. In an exclusive interview with New Telegraph, Chief…

Embrace dialogue, NGE begs Avengers

 …expresses concern over high recurrent expenditures in 2018 budget   The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has appealed to the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, to embrace dialogue in resolving their disagreement with the Federal Government while also advising the government against using force to quell the renewed violence in the oil-rich Niger-Delta region. Rising from its standing committee meeting in Katsina State, last Thursday, the Guild insisted that force had never resolved contradictions, and enjoined all leaders of thought, including traditional rulers, community elders, government appointees and the Federal Government…

Avengers: Dickson, Clark meet to douse tension Niger Delta

Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, and foremost Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, at the weekend held a crucial meeting on critical issues affecting the Niger Delta cused on the state of insecurity especially the breakdown of law and order following the deployment of troops and the escalating tension across communities in the oil rich region. Dickson, who spoke with newsmen shortly after the meeting said that the deliberations focused on how to region. The meeting was apparently a response to the threat by the Niger Delta Avengers…

Avengers’ threat: CDS deploys 20 gun boats in Warri

Blame FG over end of ceasefire -Ambaiowe, Briggs   Following growing apprehension over threat to resume hostilities in the Niger Delta, the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Aboyomi Gabriel Olonishakin yesterday deployed 20 gun boats to be used by the Nigerian Navy in Warri, Delta State, to tackle criminality in the nation’s territorial waters. General Olonishakin also advised Niger Delta Avengers to sheath their sword as their threat to terminate ceasefire agreement in the region is unconstitutional and inimical to the growth of the nation. Though Avengers have announced…

Blame FG if Avengers strike again, says Ambaiowei

Former Acting President, Ijaw National Congress and Chairman Niger Delta Commission Project Monitoring Committee in Bayelsa State, Eng. Charles Ambaiowei, in this interview with BIYI ADEGOROYE, appraises recent threat to return militancy in Niger Delta and other national issues     What is your reaction to the threat by the Niger Delta Avengers to terminate its ceasefire agreement with Federal Government? The blame for the planned resurgence of militancy in Niger Delta should be squarely put at the doorstep of the Federal Government, because of its usual lackadaisical approach to…

Avengers’ threat: Navy deploys 20 patrol boats, residents flee

Sequel to the recent threat by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) to renew hostilities and attack oil installations in the region, the Federal Government is not leaving anything to chance as it yesterday increased its deployment of military hardware in the region with an additional 20 patrol boats by the Nigerian Navy. The military, which had earlier moved men and machineries into the region to forestall the NDA from carrying out its threat, said the navy would today launch the new boats in a bid to stem the tide of…