Niger Delta Avengers end ceasefire, blow up Bonny crude export line

Scene of a Pipeline bombed by militants (file photo)

Militant group, Niger Delta Avengers has ended its self declared ceasefire with fresh attack on the pipeline that carries Nigeria’s Bonny Light crude oil to an export terminal.

The militant group had attacked the pipelines in the past, with the operator, Shell Petroleum Development Company forced to declare force majeur  due to non availability of the pipeline for export of crude oil.

The militant group had last month announced cessation of hostilities after a series of successive attacks on oil facilities across the Niger Delta which resulted in nearly 40 per cent reduction in Nigeria’s production.

While announcing resumption of its sabotage of Nigeria’s oil installations, the Avengers, in a statement on its website said,  “On the 23rd September 2016, our strike team at 20:40PM hours time has brought down oil productions activities at the Bonny 48 inches crude oil Export Line.

“This action is a signature to the over dramatization of the so-called dialogue and negotiation process on the side of President Muhammadu Buhari and his government.

“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 intimidations, blackmails and continuous profiling of Niger Delta sons and daughters.

“This is only a wakeup call; we may not have other way to say it better. We are still in favour of the dialogue and negotiations but we are warning against the peace of our time! We want the peace with honour.”

“We will resist all actions undermining the ceasefire from side of the government and it security agents/ agencies. The world is watching, time is running against the Nigerian state; while we were promised that the concerns of Niger Delta will be addresses once a truce is declared, the activities of the government and her agents are not assuring enough, there has been no progress and no breakthrough.

“We cannot be continuously fooled, the government cannot justify the indiscriminate targeting of Niger Delta youths while glorifying on these victimization of law abiding citizens of the region

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