Consequent upon reports by the Nigerian Military that more than 100 militants were killed, many were arrested while some others surrendered during a five-day air operation by the Nigerian air force on the camps of the suspected militants in Arepo area of Ogun state, the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, have challenged the Nigerian army to back up their claim by showing pictures of the militants killed to the public.
In a statement by Brig.Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, the spokesperson of the NDA, the group made it clear that it cannot be cowed by the military. They went on to urge the Federal Government to listen to the voice of reason and buy the idea of restructuring the nation as many well-meaning Nigerians have advised.
Spokesman for the group also announced the launch of a new Twitter handle, @agbiniboND, saying that their struggle cannot be halted by Twitter.
The statement reads:
“The Nigeria military is playing some war game on some illegal bunkering camps and showing video of how they carry out the bombardment. That is so unprofessional don’t think they can intimidate the NDA with those scarp jet bombers. They can deploy fourth generation jet-bombers that will not stop us from fighting for our people.
“We challenge the military to share with the public the militants killed in the so-called air strike. We are very sure they won’t share the images of militants killed because none was killed except innocent women and children.
“What we are saying is the country should be restructured. The call for restructuring of Nigeria has gone beyond the NDA. The only group of persons against the restructuring is the Villa. The Federal Government should just listen to the voice of the citizens instead of playing the deaf ear game.
“We officially say that @agbiniboND is our new official twitter account handle. Twitter can block or suspend our account but they can’t stop or block our struggle.”
On August 3, the army claimed that they have destroyed the defence of the bloodthirsty militants at Arepo in Ogun state, forcing vandals of the oil industry to vacate the area, adding that the troops are still tracking them.