Avengers threaten to assault oil amenities



    Niger Delta Avengers. Twitter picture.

    The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has warned it could resume assaults on oil installations and amenities within the area.

    Mr. Murdoch Agbinibo, spokesperson of the militant group, mentioned on Wednesday in a press release on their web site that the assaults can be the “most deadly and will be targeting the deep sea operations of the multinationals.”

    It mentioned its targets, within the seas off the swampland delta area, would come with the Bonga Platform and the Agbami, EA and Akpo fields. The militants additionally mentioned they’d goal the Nigerian oil firm Brittania-U.

    Shell operates the Bonga and EA fields whereas Chevron is the operator of Agbami. Akpo stakeholders embrace Total, China’s CNOOC, Brazil’s Petrobras and Nigeria’s Sapetro.

    Calling for the restructuring of Nigeria, the group mentioned their plan to assault oil amenities within the oil-rich area of the nation is because of killings and division taking place in some elements of the nation.

    The excessive command of the Avengers, he mentioned, summoned a gathering of all our operatives from throughout the Niger Delta to overview the progress of our operations thus far and deliberate on the deliberate actions for the longer term.

    At the assembly held on Monday, he mentioned: “It was agreed in that the killings and division presently taking part in out in Nigeria alongside divergent grounds makes this the right time to restructure this nation.

    “Our demand unambiguously is for the government to restructure this Country,” he mentioned.

    “On the 15th of January 2018 is the 62nd Remembrance Day of the 1956 discovery of economic oil by Shell Darcy within the now forgotten and dejected Oloibiri Community within the Niger Delta.

    Attacks on pipelines and different amenities within the Niger Delta in 2016 minimize Nigeria’s crude manufacturing from a peak of two.2 million barrels per day (mbpd) to close 1 mbpd – the bottom stage seen in Nigeria in no less than 30 years.

    That, mixed with low oil costs, pushed the OPEC member into its first recession in 1 / 4 of a century – crude gross sales make up two-thirds of presidency income and most of its overseas trade.

    The militants agreed to a ceasefire in August 2016 – a improvement that helped pull Nigeria again out of recession within the second quarter of final yr. But they known as off the truce in November.

    The authorities has held talks to deal with grievances over poverty and oil air pollution within the Delta for greater than a yr however neighborhood teams say no progress has been made.

    The militant group mentioned talks “have not achieved any meaningful results”.

    “While promising a brutal outpour of our wrath, which shall shake the coffers of the failed Nigerian nation, our demand unambiguously is for the government to restructure this country,” mentioned the group, calling for the Niger Delta to have direct management over its assets.

    Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, the minister of state for petroleum, declined to remark.

    The Niger Delta Avengers bombed the Forcados sub-sea pipeline in 2016, a strike which concerned the usage of divers. No substantial assaults have been carried out by any teams within the Delta area since January 2017.