According to a report on a news outfit, Hope for Nigeria, the Arewa Consultative Forum, the mouthpiece of Northern Nigeria has warned the Niger Delta Avengers to stop their acts of economic sabotage by attacking oil facilities in the region.
The former Inspector-General of police, Ibrahim Coomassie said the ACF chairman warned that the north has tolerated them enough and adjure them to desist henceforth from carrying out further attacks describing the attacks as the height of criminality which is totally unacceptable. He questioned the rationale behind their attacks saying:
“When there is a machinery in place by the Federal Government to develop the region such as the Ministry of the Niger Delta, Niger-Delta Development Company and the Amnesty Intervention Programme adding that money was being passed through all these agencies. So, why didn’t they develop their areas? They must stop now or else …”
“Why are they asking for more? They were in government and certain projects were diverted there, including the fund for the dredging of River Niger. What else do they want?”
The Niger Delta Avengers have been a torn in the flesh of the present government since they began the bombing of oil pipelines belonging to different oil and gas companies. Despite pleas to stop the destruction of oil pipelines in the region, the group has bluntly refused and have vowed to continue till their demands are met.
The most recent of their hideous activities was the blowing up of an Agip Oil pipeline, an incident which happened in the early hours of Friday, June 10.
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is a political and cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in 2000 which has considerable influence in the political scene. The forum is a successor to the Northern People’s Congress, which collapsed after the coup of 1966. The ACF has been associated with the Arewa People’s Congress (APC), a militant group set up to protect the interests of the Hausa-Fulani people in the north.