New militant group operating in the oil-rich Niger Delta of Southern Nigeria, Niger Delta Avengers has launched a new website address, www.nigerdeltaavengers.org, following a shutdown of its previous website.
The new website is a mirror of the old one, www.nigerdeltaavengers.com, which is no longer available.
The group announced on its Twitter handle a few minutes ago Sunday, June 5, 2016 saying it’s website was never shut down as reported by some news outlets, but undergoing maintenance.
IT specialists say that the militant group was using a free hosting service provided by Blogspot, a Google company and it is most likely that Google took down the website following complaints from officials of the Buhari government.
A visit to the old website address will show you an error message, only possible if a website is hosted by Blogspot.
Who are the Niger Delta Avengers
Niger Delta Avengers is a new militancy group that is operating in the oil-rich region of Southern Nigeria.
The militants say they are waging a war for a free Niger Delta Republic in what it tags, Operation Red Economy, with a view of halting crude oil production in Nigeria to force the government to grant the group’s demands.
The militant group has released its rules of engagement and says that it doesn’t kill anybody or attack oil workers or soldiers. The Delta Avengers called on all other groups operating in the region to abide by these rules of engagement. “We need God now, more than ever,” the group said in a statement.
The Niger Delta Avengers has presented an 11-point demand to President Muhammadu Buhari and the first is the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference. [Download Conference report HERE.]
Pro-Biafra secessionist group, Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has pledged “total allegiance” to the Niger Delta Avengers extolling the militant group for supporting the cause of a free Biafra. MASSOB embraces the tenets of nonviolence. It is led by Ralph Uwazuruike, a lawyer.