MEMBERS of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have warned the Federal Government and oil multinationals not to carry out any repair on bombed pipelines, and oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta region.
The group also warned the Federal Government not to make a political jamboree out of the proposed dialogue with militants groups in the region, in order to engender a lasting peace.
In a statement signed by spokesperson of NDA, Brigadier-General Mudoch Agbinibo and posted on its website on Monday, the group stated that if its warnings were not heeded, it would sink two mother vessels of oil multinationals as deterrent to others.
“The high command of the NDA is using this medium to restate that there are no new items to put on the table for dialogue.
“We only want a genuine attitude and conducive atmosphere that will make us commit to any proposed dialogue and lasting peace talk.
“We want the Federal Government to commit members states of the multinational oil corporations to commit independent mediators to this proposed dialogue.
“We believed that it is only such environment that will engender genuine dialogue that will be aimed at setting up a framework for achieving the short, medium and long term demands of the Niger Delta to de-escalating this conflict and bring about a lasting peace,” it admonished.
The group said its high command was more than ever before, committed to attack the interest of oil corporation and oil multinationals, who bring vessels to the region to buy crude oil.
“The NDA high command is restating our commitment to attack the interest of oil corporation and international refineries operators that bring in vessels to the Niger Delta territory to buy our oil that every successive government have refused to used and reapply the proceeds towards any development in the region since 1958.
“If they refuse to heed to our advice will result to sinking of two their mother vessel as examples to others. They should not undertake any repair of pipeline, oil and gas facilities that is damaged or attacked by our forces during this period of “Operation Red Economy” until and/or after the dialogue,” the Avengers warned.
The group also took a swipe on what it called “brands of social media agitators” being used by some politicians to promote their criminal ways in the affairs of the region
It noted that if need be, it might review its stance of not shedding blood while carrying out its activities in the creeks.
“We are using this medium to warn and condemn the activities of all brands of social media agitators being peddled around by some politicians to promote their criminal ways in affairs of the Niger Delta.
“This genuine spirit behind our struggle for the Niger Delta cannot be derailed on the basis of connivance by politicians, traditional rulers, settled ex- agitators and criminals moving around to fill their pockets.
“The issues of the Niger Delta are as old and as new as the days of Pa Dappa Biriye, Major Jasper Isaac Adaka Boro, to Ken Saro Wiwa and the government of President Musa Yar’ Adua.
“We are warning this government of President Muhammadu Buhari, not to turn the essence of genuine peace talk and dialogue to political jamboree that is prevailing now where all manner of social media agitators and criminals have being sponsored by the job seeking corrupt political class to save faces before the government of the day.
“Finally, if need be, we may review our earlier stance of not taking lives. We are going to redirect and reactivate all our activities if the government, oil companies and their services firms don’t heed to these modest warnings of not carrying out any repairs works and suspend the buying of crude oil from our region as we await the right atmosphere that will engender genuine dialogue,” the group stated.