The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have again bombed an oil pipeline which belongs to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The militant group announced this morning June 16, they launched an attack on NNPC pipeline located in Oruk Anam local government area of Akwa Ibom state.
At 4:00am @NDAvengers blow up NNPC Pipeline in Oruk Anam Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom.
— Niger Delta Avengers (@NDAvengers) June 16, 2016
The Niger Delta Avengers, which has carried out attacks on oil facilities in Nigeria’s southern oil region, had earlier said on Monday it would only negotiate with the government if independent foreign mediators were involved. President Muhammadu Buhari had last week called for a two weeks ceasefire in the Niger Delta to make room for the FG to dialogue with the aggrieved militant group.
The group, in a press statement released on Monday, demanded the home countries of international oil companies operating in the Niger Delta must be involved in the peace process with independent foreign mediators. Adding that the sincerity of the Nigerian government is paramount and would be a major factor that would determine if its call for dialogue would be successful or not.
The group also warned the government, oil companies and their services firms not to carry out any repairs works and suspend the buying of crude oil from the Niger Delta region pending the creation of “the right atmosphere that will engender genuine dialogue”.
However, the House of Representatives has cautioned the federal government not to use force as its strategy in stopping the attacks on oil facilities by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) in the region. It rather advocated the formulation of a sustainable plan to end militancy in the region, rather than confrontational approach being adopted.
The House also appealed to the (NDA), to cease the incessant attacks on oil pipelines and facilities and embrace dialogue.