Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, the militant group that has claimed responsibility for most of the recent attacks on oil facilities in the Nigeria oil producing region on Saturday night said it would cease hostilities in deference to peace efforts initiated by some Niger Delta elders and traditional rulers led by Chief Edwin Clark.
Brigadier Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, spokesperson for the group said in a statement published on NDA website that the group would allow genuine Niger Delta stakeholders to engage the Federal Government on solutions to issues affecting the oil-rich region.
The militant group said it would support the negotiating team that Chief Edwin Clark’s Niger Delta and other stakeholders at who participated at a recent conference in Warri, Delta State would put together to negotiate with the Federal Government and multinational oil companies on modalities for ending the crisis in the region.
But it warned that it would abandon the ceasefire and result to asymmetric warfare if the Federal Government use security agencies to harass or intimidate its suspected members.
“We are going to continue the observation of our unannounced cessation of hostilities in the Niger Delta against all interests of the multinational oil corporations, but we will continuously adopt our asymmetric warfare during this period if the Nigerian government and the ruling political APC continues to use security agencies/agents, formations and politicians to arrest, intimidate, invade and harass innocent citizens, suspected NDA members and invade especially Ijaw communities”, it stated.
“We are going to support any collective negotiation team emerging from the Chief (Dr.) Papa Edwin Kiagbodo Clark Niger Delta elders and genuine stakeholders conference to engage with the federal government of Nigeria, representatives from the home countries of all multinational Oil Corporations and neutral international mediators that will be focused on achieving the short, medium and long term frameworks and objectives to de-escalating conflicts in the Niger Delta.