The Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, has dissociated itself from the planned launch of missiles by militants in the Niger Delta from June 7.
It would be recalled that a group said to be a consolidation of militant groups in the region, Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, JNDF, has issued the threat of the launch of missiles expected to last for three days.
The group also claimed that the NDA is a member.
However, the NDA, which had claimed responsibility for the spate of attacks on oil intallations in the region, asked persons behind the threat to sheathe their swords and key into its motive of crippling the country’s oil production without bloodshed.
The NDA in an electronic statement signed by its Spokesman, Murdock Agbinibo, warned other groups to desist from any act capable of causing bloodshed in the region.
According to Agbinibo, there was no need to launch missiles or take the life of any person since the military warplanes had not struck in the region.
He said: “The military warplanes hovering round our towns and villages have not strike a soul or destroy any property, so those groups with anti aircraft missiles should dry their gunpowder.
“When it is time to engage the military in combat the whole world will know they started the war not the Avengers. The Niger delta avengers high command will pass the message round that its time to engage on gun battle when it is time.
“So far, we have not engaged the Nigeria military in combat; despite the heavy presence of military on the pipelines. we still find way to carry out our actions without attacking soldiers. The avengers will deal with any group that refuses and attack military.
“The high command is calling on all groups in Rivers, Ondo, Delta, Bayelsa, Cross River, and Akwa Ibom to not indulge in any act of kidnapping and attacking of soldiers. The war is on oil installations; ‘Operation On Flow of Oil’. God is our strength; he is going to see the people of Niger delta through.
“Let us be careful not offend God in the process of trying to liberate our people from the shackles of the Nigerian government because we need God more than anything right now. We also need the international bodies as well. Hence, we must desist from any life threatening actions that will derail our genuine struggle for our people.
“All groups are hereby discouraged from indulging in harassing oil workers and soldiers. We urge you all to help any oil workers or soldiers you see in distress.
“The liberation of the Niger Delta people has taken a new swing with the daily emergence of new groups all over the region. The avengers are calling on all groups in the region to be strong and resolute as it is obvious that God is on our side.
“The groups are much now both real and unreal but if you really fighting for the liberation of the Niger delta people. The high command of the avengers is calling on you not to attack any soldier and those claiming to have anti aircraft missiles should deist from targeting any aircraft.”
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