Nigerian militant group urges others not to attack, kidnap people

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TVC NEWS A militant group that has claimed responsibility for several attacks on Nigeria’s oil infrastructure urged other groups on Saturday not to attack soldiers or kidnap people.

The Niger Delta Avengers militant group, which says its attacks have not killed anyone, also urged a group that said it has anti-aircraft missiles not to target any aircraft.

The recent spate of attacks in the Niger Delta, which is Nigeria’s oil producing hub, have driven the OPEC member’s crude output to a more than 20-year low and prompted President Muhammadu Buhari to send troops to the region.

The Delta is the source of most of the oil that provides 70 percent of national income. The Avengers group wants more of that wealth to be directed to the poor swampland region.

But “the war is on oil installations,” it said in a statement which referred to “the daily emergence of new groups” and added: “Avengers will deal with any group that refuses and attacks military (personnel).”

The statement, entitled “Message to Our Brothers in the Struggle”, added: “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 Avengers have claimed responsibility for most of the latest attacks, most recently three on Friday, but the insurgency is splintered into factions, with each group listing their demands. It is not clear whether the Avengers wield influence over other groups.

They have said they aim to cut Nigeria’s oil production to zero. The oil minister said on Thursday that output was 1.6 million barrels per day (bpd), down from around 2 million bpd at the start of the year.

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Even if the most recent attacks, which included facilities belonging to Chevron under its Escravos grade, took out all exports of the oil linked to them, June production would remain near 1.2 million bpd.

Comments
  • My people you are fighting a good fight, the almighty God that gave us the natural resources will guard and protect you freedom fighters in Niger delta. Amen.

    kimekwu Desmond June 6, 2016 7:56 pm Reply
  • The militants are fighting for their right, they‘re fighting for their people and it is not a crime to do. Biafrans

    Aloysius Ekwebelem June 7, 2016 6:51 am Reply
  • Go ahead and destroy everything and render this country poor and all the so called niger avengers or whatever you call yourselves will live to celebrate real poverty and hunger in the Niger Delta region, bomb every oil pipeline in the name of fighting for freedom, thank God oil is not even booming as it use to be. Thank God Nigeria is shifting to Agriculture now, God bless the President, God bless all those who wish Nigeria should grow higher, God bless the people of goodwill, God bless the law abiding citizens of Nigeria and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!

    GoGreen Nigeria August 27, 2016 9:29 pm Reply
  • I don’t see why people where criticising the Niger avengers or the Biafran you can not be taking mineral resources from their land without helping their life it is unacceptable no body should keep a blind eye seen people from fare awey inriching them self nto eving using it for the betterness of Nigerians, they were all fighting for their right. and they will never stop untill there is good improvement in the system. Guns and forces can not stop it. because finally dialogue most come

    Fekix November 19, 2016 11:03 pm Reply

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