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Niger Delta Avengers Strike Again, Blow Up Bonny Export Line

September 24, 2016

The Niger Delta Avengers late on Friday blew up the crude oil export line in Rivers State.

The spokesman of the militant group, Mudoch Agbinibo, in a statement posted on the group’s website on Saturday, said the attack was to protest against the “over dramatisation of the so-called dialogue and negotiation process on the side of President Muhammadu Buhari and his government”.

The group, which had ceased its attack oil facilities since the Chief Edwin Clark-led dialogue team intervened to allow for a dialogue with the Federal Government, said it was still open to dialogue.

It, however, said would only accept a peace process that comes with honour.

It said, “On the 23rd September 2016, our strike team, at 20:40 pm, has brought down oil productions activities at the Bonny 48 inches crude oil Export Line.

“Since, the cessation of hostilities and the commitment of the PAN-Niger Delta elders and stakeholders team, the Nigerian government and her agents are turning the expectations of the Niger Delta to shameful scenes obtainable in Nollywood acts and as well intimidation, blackmail and continuous profiling of Niger Delta sons and daughters.

“This is only a wake-up call; we may not have another way to say it better.”

NDA warned that it would resist any military action, stressing that the posture of President Muhammadu Buhari was not reassuring.

A security source confirmed the attack to our correspondent but declined to comment further as he was not authorized to speak on the matter.