Niger Delta Avengers announces return, threatens to attack oil facilities, politicians
After its long silence amidst agitations across the country, Niger Delta Avenger (NDA), the fierce militant group, has threatened to cripple the Nigerian economy by attack critical oil and gas installations across the oil-rich Niger Delta region.
NDA also threatened to attack major politicians from the region for their roles in the under-development of the region.
The threat was contained in a statement posted on its site on Saturday while also announcing the change of leadership to its command.
Niger Delta Avengers, whose activities majorly contributed to the Nigeria’s slide into recession in 2016, disclosed that their men have been deplored to strategic locations in the region awaiting directive to strike.
The statement titled “We Are Back With Operation Humble”, accused the federal government of failing to meeting the demands of the group to speed up development of the region since it declared ceasefire following intervention of leaders and stakeholders from the area.
It vowed to force the country into recession as it did in 2016, saying that Nigeria might not recover from the recession anytime soon.
The statement which partly read, said, “There is no gainsaying that the failed country called Nigeria which has fed fat on our God given wealth is at the brink of total disintegration owing to the security and related challenges across the country; ranging from terrorism and banditry in the North to the secessionist gongs of the Oduduwa people of the Southwest and IPOB of the Southeast it is obvious that peace in the Niger Deltan and by extension the South South geopolitical region is the very thin piece still binding this country together.
“It is disheartening that despite being the economic backbone and having resolved to maintain the peaceful environment for the smooth operations of the oil multinationals whose proceeds the country cling unto for economic survival the Niger Delta and the South South remain the most under developed with our needs and interests undermined by the failed Nigerian State.
“We decided to suspend our famous, operation red economy‚ which bled the Nigerian economy into recession about 4 years ago not because we are lazy but for the love we have for our people and out of respect for the voice of the elders of the Niger Delta region who beckoned on us to give peace a chance and avail the government time to act on our demands at the time.”