The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) on Thursday issued a warning to oil companies, announcing the beginning of their campaign.
This was the same group that claimed responsibility for knocking Chevron’s operations in the Niger Delta offline. The group said the attacks came after issuing an ultimatum to the Nigerian government about developments in the Niger Delta.
“To international oil companies, this is just the beginning and you have not seen anything yet,” spokesman Mudoch Agbinibo said in a statement.
“We will make you suffer as you have made the people of the Niger Delta suffer over the years from environmental degradation and environment pollution.”
Early this week, Royal Dutch Shell Declared Force Majeure On Nigeria’s Bonny Light Over Fear Of Militant Attack. The Shell subsidiary in Nigeria said in an emailed statement crude oil exports were interrupted Tuesday because of a leak on a regional pipeline.
One of the complaints made by the militants was that President Muhammadu Buhari failed to give them due recognition.
“To owners and operators of these oil blocs in our region, the Niger Delta Avengers is giving you two weeks ultimatum to shut down your operations and evacuate your staff.
“If at the end of the ultimatum, you are still operating, we will blow up all the locations. It will be bloody. So just shut down your operations and leave’’, the group warned.
“There is a rumour that oil has been discovered in the North East. How will you feel if this new found oil is being managed by Niger Deltans.
We are very sure the Niger Deltans won’t even have 2% oil bloc if oil is really found in the Northeast. If you don’t shut down we will shut your stations permanently for you’’, the group said.