The High Command of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), has announced that the militant group will shock Nigerians with more dastardly acts this year. The threat was contained in a statement signed by the group's spokesperson, Brigadier-General Mudoch Agbinigbo. The NDA said its range of activities designed to reclaim the Niger Delta in 2017 will be carried out under Operations Walls Of Jericho and Hurricane Joshua.
"As we get prepared for the challenges ahead 2017, We make bold to tell the people of our Niger Delta, sane minds in Nigeria and the comity of nations that the remaining 11 months and couple of weeks in 2017 will be filled with surprises and a reconfiguration of the struggle for the liberation of our motherland.
"Since, the declaration of cessation of hostilities in the region by all fighters and affiliates, it has been evidently clear that the Nigerian state is not ready for any form of dialogue and negotiation with our people to addressing the issues sustaining the unending sufferings and deprivation of the people of the Niger Delta.
"The world is aware that, after listening to calls from our Royal Fathers, Community Leaders, Stakeholders and members of the comity of nations especially the governments of the United States of America, Great Britain and the European Union, we halted all actions," the NDA said.
It accused the Federal Government of rejecting genuine dialogue and negotiations.
"The world knows that PANDEF, as team of critical stakeholders, was mandated to engender a genuine dialogue and negotiations process that will be made up of apolitical Niger Deltans to engage with the government and people of Nigeria, representatives of the International Oil Corporations and neutral observers.
"But this government decided to go around to politicizing the process to forestall any genuine dialogue and negotiations," alleged the NDA.
On account of this, the group said its next line of action to red will soon be unveiled to the chagrin of the Federal Government. Employing sarcasm, the NDA stated: "It is our belief that the 2017 national budget is not based on the crude oil production output from the Niger Delta, but on the newly found oil deposits in the North and the new pipelines constructed from the Niger Republic."
The NDA also warned International Oil Companies and their partners that have been awarded the 2017/2018 crude oil term contracts by the Federal Government that those contracts represent a conspiracy against the Niger Delta.
It listed the contract beneficiaries as Nigerian state as including Sonara Refinery, Hindustan Refinery, Cepsa Refinery, Bharat Petroleum, Varo Energy, Trafigura, ENOC Trading, BP Trading, Total Trading, UCL Petrol Energy, Mocho and Tevier Petroleum. Also on the list are Heritage Oil, Levene Energy, Glencore, Litasco Supply and Trading, Indian Oil Company, China's Sinopec and South Africa's Saccoil. Nigerian companies on the list are Oando, Sahara Energy, MRS Oil and Gas, A.A Rano, Bono, Masters Energy, Etarna Oil and Gas, Cassiva Energy, Hyde Energy, Britania U, Northwest Petroleum and Optima Energy. Others are AMG Petroenergy, Arkleen Oil & Gas Ltd, Shoreline Limited, Emo Oil, Setana Energy,Prudent Energy, Duke Oil Limited and Carlson Hyson
The NDA said all its fighters and commands are ready to hit the Nigerian state hard because of its recalcitrance.
"That is the way to discuss with the deaf, when he cannot understand your soft massage. We are determined to hit him very hard and deadly that even his eyes will shed blood, his ear will be more deafened and his heart shall quake when he sees, hear and feel the outcome of our next activities.
"On this note, we are declaring "Operations Walls of Jericho and Hurricane Joshua” simultaneously to reclaim our motherland and dislodge all cleavages the Nigerian ruling oligarchy has foisted on the region that is sustaining the country," said NDA.