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Militant, Niger Delta Avengers End Cease-Fire, Threaten Attacks On Oil Facilities

Unic Press UK: An armed militant group in the oil rich Niger Delta of Nigeria known as the Niger Delta Avengers said Friday that its ceasefire has ended, threatening to commence attacks on oil facilities in the country.

Excerpts from the group’s statement on its website on Friday, which was authored by one Murdoch Agbinibo, a spokesman for the group, reads:

“Instead of allowing us to continue our quest to bring the Nigerian economy to our targeted zero daily production, which recorded huge success; you threatened us… We want to make it known to the PANDEF and the Nigeria government that our call for halt on “Operation Red Economy” is officially over. We have just concluded head count of our operatives across the country; we are pleased to announce that all our operatives are intact and focused; ready to implement instructions from the High Command of the NDA in the going few days. Message to the oil companies; Our next line of operation will not be like the 2016 campaign which we operated successfully without any casualties; this outing will be brutish, brutal and bloody, as we are shall crush everything we meet on our path to completely put off the fires that burn to flare gas in our communities and cut every pipe that moves crude away from our region. We can assure you that every oil installation in our region will feel warmth of the wrath of the Niger Delta Avengers.”

The Niger Delta Avengers, one of the heavily armed militant forces that is based in the Niger Delta area, the southern part of Nigeria, is notorious for violent attacks on oil installations. In one of its attacks in 2016, it violated Nembe 1, 2 and 3 truck lines operated by Agip, Oando and Shell with supply capacity of 300,000 barrels per day to Bonny export terminal in Bayelsa State.

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