Two days ago (Thursday), President Muhammadu Buhari declared his administration had opened talks with Niger Delta militants.
According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, Oil companies and security agencies are mediating the talks.
According to the president, “We understand their feelings. We are studying the instruments.
“We have to secure the environment, otherwise investment will not come. We will do our best for the country”.
Niger Delta Avengers have denied having any form of negotiation with the Federal Government.
According to a statement released by the group’s official spokesperson, Brig.Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, the group denied any such talks.
“Our attention has been drawn to media report that the President is in touch with Niger Delta agitators.
“The report has that the talks includes the Niger Delta Avengers.
“The truth is that we are not aware of any peace talk.
“If there is any such peace talk, it means the President is talking to their mercenaries set to disturb the genuine struggle of the agitators.
“President Buhari’s led government is not sincere to the Nigeria people and their foreign allies.
“If we are to engage in any peace talk we made it clear that the international community must be part of it.
“The President know our demands.
“So they should stop deceiving the international oil companies, the general public and the international community.
The group also denied claims that the Federal Government arrested its logistics chief.
“Contrary to local news that Nigeria Navy has arrested Niger Delta Avengers logistics supplier is the biggest joker of the 21st century.
“The Nigeria military arrested school students in Oporoza and called them the Niger Delta Avengers.
“Any criminal caught is NDA, ever their Business partners (Illegal Oil bunkers) with which things went south are NDA, and Sea pirates are now NDA.
“When Niger Delta Avengers carries out any major attack they (Nigeria Military) will deny it.
“First was the NNPC pipeline that was blown, second the 48-inches Exxonmobil pipeline that was blown by NDA.
“Mobil and the Government denied it. Only for Exxonmobil to declare false majeure few days after the attack.
“We want the general public to know the Qua Iboe export pipeline is down right now.
“Let me give a little brief about the Qua Iboe Export terminal.
“This is a subsidiary of Mobile and it the biggest export stream in Nigeria. They export ONE MILLION barrel every two days.
“I Brig. Gen Agbinibo personally led this operation.
“The Nigeria Military should stop deceiving the general public and their commander in Chief.
“We want to make this clear, all Niger Delta Avengers operatives are intact.
“Our intelligent agencies are all intact and our operative team are in high spirit because we are winning the war.
“Nigeria Navy can’t arrest any of our operative until we bring down the economy of this country.
“We are warning NUPENG and PENGASSAN to leave all oil field and terminals in the Niger delta because it will be going to be dirty very soon.
“Foreigners are to leave too,” the group said.