The leading militant group operating in the oil-rich region of southern Nigeria, the Niger Delta Avengers has threatened to expose Nigerian soldiers involved in oil bunkering and crude oil theft.
The Avengers made issued this threat on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in a statement by its spokesperson, Mudoch Agbinibo saying that they would provide video and pictures to prove their allegation with details of the amounts of money made by the troops on a daily basis through the illicit trade.
The militants also denied security reports linking its forces to the killing of troops in Nembe, Bayelsa State, adding that it was surprised at the desperation of the military to always connect NDA to crimes committed in southern Nigeria.
“It is a shame that Operations Delta Safe is still employing the old habit of deliberately dining and wining with fake intelligence from political thugs, political paymasters and enemies of the Niger Delta to perpetuate their continuous funding and relevance by leveraging on the hunger in the land,” the statement on the group’s website said.
The Avengers had ceased hostilities, though unannounced, in deference to the plea by Niger Delta monarchs, leaders, and stakeholders to all militant groups in the region to sheathe their swords.
“One question for the Commander of Operation Delta Safe, is, who are the people perpetuating the ongoing illegal oil bunkering in the Niger Delta at the moment?,” Agbinibo asked.
“We have both video and still photographs of the serious involvement of your troops in the pervasive crude oil thefts. We have records of how much profit you collect and make per day from these atrocities in the Niger Delta.
“To set the records straight, we cannot come after your dane guns and ammunition. Since the start of ‘Operation Red Economy,’ our forces have not fired one shot until we have achieved this great success of crippling crude oil productions in the Niger Delta to about 800,000 barrels per day.
“Those gang members paraded as killers of troops of ODS are well known followers of Mr. Africa Ukparasai and Mr. Timipre Sylva, who were armed by the All Progressives Congress, APC, during the governorship election in Bayelsa State.
“If your forces and formations come under attack by notorious elements of your own political collaborators and calculations, you should accept it as a friendly fire (from your own dubious creations getting loosed and fighting back to protect their territories and bellies) and enjoy it while it last. Excuse the Niger Delta Avengers from your pig and mud squabbles.
“Yesterday, was Arepo in Ogun State, today is Nembe in Bayelsa State, which is the next state you want to involve the NDA in this your bread and butter security conspiracies and collaborations?
“We the NDA and Niger Delta People knows that you are not to here to protect anything in the region rather you have come to perpetuate more crude oil thefts that is worst. As such, we have avoided everything that will justify your continuous stay and sour your illicit funds .
“Just a moment, in our reality checks, from Operation Hakuri Two, Operation Restore Hope, Operation Pulo Shield and today Operation Delta Safe your formations and troops have always being the merchants of illegal oil bunkering activities in our Niger Delta. Your outfits in most cases deliberately trigger killings and kidnappings to make your services relevant.”
The group asserted military bosses became “super rich” as soon as they are posted to the Niger Delta region due to illicit bunkering of oil.
“We want to ask if it is best practices for heads of military formations in the Niger Delta to become super rich months after been deployment, acquiring properties locally/internationally?
“It is our wish that, one day governments of Nigeria can think right and redirect these huge resources used to fund these your illicit and infamous outfits to achieving especially some of the short term development frameworks in the Niger Delta to the de-escalation of the perineal traumas the people are passing throughout the region,” the statement concluded.