The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have announced that they would participate in peace talks with the government and oil companies if the dialogue is mediated by independent mediators.
The group made this announcement in a press statement release on Monday and signed by its spokesperson, Brigadier General Mudoch Agbinibo.
In the statement, the NDA reiterated its commitment to attacking oil refineries in the Niger Delta region. The reasoning for these attacks is the government’s failure to use proceeds from Niger Delta oil to develop and improve the region.
The group warned President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration not to turn potential peace talks into a “political jamboree” dictated by corrupt politicians.
The NDA concluded its press release by stating that it might “review” its earlier stance of not targeting human lives should oil companies not heed to their warnings.
The militant group has been active since February 2016 and have blown up oil pipelines belonging to oil giants such as Shell and Chevron. It was earlier reported that the NDA threatened to attack seven governors, but these reports have not been independently verified by SaharaReporters.