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Adaka Boro Avengers Threatens Attack On Bayelsa Govt House

Niger Delta Avengers, Millitants, Ex-militant, NPDC
Posted: Jun 29, 2016 at 6:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Adaka Boro Avengers, one of the new militant groups in Niger Delta on Tuesday threatened to attack the Bayelsa State Government House if one Suoyo Nathan, its member, is not immediately released.

Suoyo was arrested on June 6, 2016 by operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), with the assistance of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) surveillance team for alleged pipeline vandalism.

He was arrested in connection with the bombing of the Tebidada Brass pipelines along the Azuzuama-Ikeienghenbiri Creek in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

In a statement signed by its leader, General Goddey, and made available to Independent, Adaka Boro Avengers said Suoyo did not commit any crime, as he is only “a freedom fighter in the Niger Delta region and he only carries out the operation in fulfillment of the promise the freedom fighters earlier made to the Nigerian government.”

The militants warned that if Suoyo was not released without conditions, they will attack the Government House in Yenogoa.

They added that the earlier planned attack was not carried out because they met only the First Lady of the state when they came.

Adaka Boro Avengers, however, said that if they are forced to launch a second attack that “the Bayelsa State Government House will be unbearable for anyone living in it.”

Adaka Boro Avengers had last week listed conditions that must be fulfilled by the Federal Government before it will suspend its attacks.

Among their demands are immediate review of the revenue sharing formula that will give oil producing communities 60 percent of the accruing revenue, while the Federal Government retains 40 percent.

As at May 2016, Nigeria’s oil production had dropped to 1.65 million barrels a day, the lowest output in 22 years, as a result of resurgence of militant activities in the Niger Delta region.

Production began sliding in February when the Niger Delta Avengers claimed an attack on an underwater pipeline that forced Royal Dutch Shell to shut down its Forcados export terminal.

That singular action knocked off at least 250,000 bpd.

Shell had also declared force majeure on exports of Bonny Light crude after a leak on one of its trunk lines in the Niger Delta, even as Chevron also shut a platform after an attack also claimed by the Niger Delta Avengers.

Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, had indicated that President Muhammadu Buhari is willing to negotiate with the militants.

According to Kachikwu, President Buhari has “appointed a team” to start off a process of “very intensive dialogue” with the militants.

However, with new militant groups coming up almost on daily basis, the negotiation may not be as easy as it was said.

As at the last count at least four new militant groups have emerged in the region. They include the Niger Delta Avengers; Asawana Deadly Force; the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF) and the Adaka Boro Avengers.

These groups are outside the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), the main umbrella body that negotiated amnesty with the then President Yar’Adua’s administration in 2009.

The Adaka Boro Avengers, which had on Thursday, June 23, issued a seven-day ultimatum to oil companies in the region to leave the area, said that if their demands were not met by the expiration of the ultimatum, they will blow up oil installations.