Saturday, 6 August 2016

JUST IN: Niger Delta Avengers dismisses reports about group spliting into two

Militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) says the new splinter group which emerged from its fold yesterday was never part of it.

According to Vanguard, the NDA in a statement issued on Saturday, August, 6, dismissed reports that there was a split within its ranks, insisting that all its operatives are united and are all together.

It said: “The NDA is too busy at the moment to be distracted by people like Jude Kekyll, he is not part of us and cannot be part of us. All our operatives are united and we are all together.”


Recall that a splinter group, the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) broke out of the Avengers, on Friday, August 5 and threatened to expose the identities of NDA fighters and their sponsors if the militant group does not stop bombing pipelines.

The breakaway faction in a statement by Cynthia Whyte, said the peace efforts made by former president, Goodluck Jonathan and the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, (MEND) made it dump the NDA.

It also said the guilt feelings over the damage wrecked on the environment and President Muhammadu Buhari’s demonstrated political will to clean up the environment also informed its decision to breakaway.

Meanwhile, the Ijaw People Development Initiative (IPDI) has condemned MEND for threatening to join forces with government to deal with the NDA should they failed to embrace peace.

IPDI in a statement by the national president, Austin Ozobo, said: “Our attention has been drawn to the preliminary conditions for dialogue and purported threat to smoke out Niger Delta Avengers ,NDA, by the defunct Movement For the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, if NDA fails to embrace the proposed dialogue with federal government.”

 “Our preliminary study of the above shows that MEND preliminary conditions and threat to join government to smoke out NDA if they fail to embrace dialogue falls below expectation.

“It is a plot to rob the region of their genuine struggle as they failed to draw all inclusive preliminary demands such as immediate commencement of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, reopening of NIMASA Technical College, Okoloba, Delta state and acceptance to conduct referendum.”
 

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