In what seemed like a surprise package for the new year, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), yesterday, declared its intention to resume hostilities and bombing of oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta.
The group which claimed responsibility for mist of the vandalism visited on strategic economic facilities last year, said it had launched a double barreled operation namely, ‘Operation Wall of Jericho’ and ‘Operation Hurricane Joshua’, as their goodwill messages to Nigerians and the entire world. This came barely four days after the factional militia group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, threatened to resume bombing, declaring that “the quiet session had ended.”
The spokesperson of the group, Gen. Aldo Agbalaja, in a statement tagged ‘It’s Been Silence, Not Death’, said from now onwards, the Akudo Strike Team of his group would resume bombing of oil facilities in their domain.
The Avengers said it had directed its fighters to return to the creeks to commence another round of bombing because the Federal Government had ignored the peace entreaties of the Pan Niger Delta Forum ( PANDEF), which had requested a dialogue with the government in order to discuss the issues surrounding the crisis in the oil rich region.
It hailed all it’s fighters for a job well done in 2016 and threatened fire and brimstone in the new year. The group said since the Federal Government had decided to pay lips service to the demands of the region and had made a mockery of the Chief Edwin Clark-led Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), the rest of this year would be full of sorrow and tears for the oil and gas industry in the country. In the statement released by the spokesperson of the group, Brig.Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, yesterday, the group said it would surprise Nigerians and the global community with its operations this year.
“As we get prepared for the challenges ahead 2017, we make bold to tell the people of our Niger Delta, sane minds in Nigeria and the comity of nations that the remaining 11 months and couples of weeks in 2017 will be filled with surprises and a reconfiguration of the struggle for the liberation of our motherland.
“Since, the declaration of cessation of hostilities in the region by all fighters and affiliates, it has been evidently clear that the Nigerian state is not ready for any form of dialogue and negotiation with our people in addressing the issues sustaining the unending sufferings and deprivation of the people of the Niger Delta.
“The world is aware that, after listening to calls from our royal fathers, community leaders, stakeholders and members of the comity of nations, especially the governments of the United States of America, Great Britain and the European Union, we halted all actions. “This prospect for hope for a genuine dialogue and negotiations have been dashed and rejected.
The world knows that PANDEF as team of critical stakeholders was mandated to engender a genuine dialogue and negotiations process that will be made of apolitical committed Niger Deltans to engage with the government and people of Nigeria, representatives of the International Oil Corporations and neutral observers. But this government decides to go around to politicising and blackmailing the process to forestall any genuine dialogue and negotiations.
“All fighters and commands are hereby placed on high readiness in your webs of operations to hit and knock the enemy very hard. That is the way to discuss with a deaf, when he cannot understand your soft massage.
We are determined to hit him very hard and deadly that even his eyes will shed blood, his ear will be more deafened and his heart shall quake; when he sees, hear and feel the outcome of our next activities.
“We are declaring ‘Operations Walls of Jericho’ and ‘Hurricane Joshua’ simultaneously to reclaim our motherland and dislodge all cleavages the Nigerian Ruling oligarchy has foisted on the region that is sustaining the ongoing primitive accumulation by dispossession. “The world should be assured that, our next line of actions to redeem Operations Red Economy will be unannounced with surely overwhelming signatures to this government and humanity.
The world is aware that, the government of Nigeria has ear problems, but we never knew that it has taken a detoriating deaf level dimensions. It is only through hard knocks we can speak to the Nigerian government hencefort,” Aginibo said.
The group took a swipe at the budget proposal of the federal givernment as well as the recent bid round conducted by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation ( NNPC), warning that those who benefitted from the transaction should be prepared to face the music.
“Their contract at a time when the Nigerian State has turned deaf ears to the Niger Delta agitation is seen as a conspiracy against our people that will fail. These contracts will make or mare the destinies of your companies in our Niger Delta.
“It is our belief that the 2017 national budget of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not based on the crude oil production output from the Niger Delta, but it is based on the newly found oil deposits in the North and the new pipelines construction from the Niger Republic.
It is also worthy to inform the IOCS and their partners that have been awarded the 2017/2018 crude oil term contracts by the Nigerian state, “ the group said.