The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) vowed to resume hostilities in the region yesterday, and threatened casualties. Warning that unlike the 2016 operation, they will crush anything that stands on their way.
The spokesman, Murdoch Agbinibo, cautioned that they would not spare anything or anyone in their path to destroy the country’s economy as they intend blowing up pipelines and oil installations.
The threat may not be unconnected with last Saturday’s aborted Port Harcourt meeting of the Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF) and the failure of Niger Delta elders to settle their differences.
The meeting of the E.K Clark led PANDEF scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was distrusted by Police, a development that anger many Niger Delta people.
“Our next line of operation will not be like the 2016 campaign, which we operated successfully without any casualties. This outing will be brutish, brutal and bloody, as we shall crush everything we meet on our path to completely put off the fires flaring gas in our communities and cut every pipe that moves crude from our region”. “We can assure you that every oil installation in our region will feel warmth of the wrath of the Niger Delta Avengers,” the statement reads.
“The high command of the Niger Delta Avengers wish to bring to the notice of the International Community and the general public that there is no such militant group with the name Reformed Niger Delta Avengers. “It is not operated by any of our operatives but a money making tool in the hands of certain disgruntled Niger Delta political jobbers in connivance with top government functionaries of the President Muhammadu Buhari led government,” the statement added.
They added also that NDA was not the same as the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), saying they were men of their words.