Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have bombed the Bonny 48 inches crude oil export line in retaliation to what it described as actions undermining the ceasefire from the side of Federal Government and its security agents/ agencies.
In statement issued on its website, by Brig. Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, its spokesperson, the dreaded militant group claimed that its strike team took out the export line at about 8:40pm on Friday, September 23.
It said the attack was to warn against “the over dramatisation of the so-called dialogue and negotiation process on the side of President Muhammadu Buhari and his government.”
Part of the statement read, “Since the cessation of hostilities and the commitment of the PAN Niger Delta Elders and stakeholders team, the Nigerian government and her agents are turning the expectations of the Niger Delta to shameful scenes obtainable in Nollywood acts and as well intimidations, blackmails and continuous profiling of Niger Delta sons and daughters. This is only a wakeup call; we may not have other way to say it better.
“We are still in favour of the dialogue and negotiations process but we are warning against the peace of our time! We want the peace with honour.
“We will resist all actions undermining the ceasefire from side of the government and it security agents/ agencies. The world is watching, time is running against the Nigerian state; while we were promised that the concerns of Niger Delta will be addresses once a truce is declared, the activities of the government and her agents are not assuring enough, there has been no progress and no breakthrough.”
According to the spokesman of the group, Avengers cannot be continuously fooled. He added that the government cannot defend the indiscriminate targeting of Niger Delta youths while glorifying on these victimisation of law abiding citizens of the region.
By Ebere Ndukwu …
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