– The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) group condemned recent actions of Boyloaf, Ayiri Emami, ex-governor Sylva and Governor Oshiomhole on revival of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND)
– The ‘avengers’ believe the MEND will be used for collecting stipends for ghost names
– The spokesperson of the group, Brig. Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, reiterated that NDA is not entering any dialogue with the federal government
A fresh statement has been released by the NDA group in an early hours of Sunday, June 19. The group criticised actions of Ayiri Emami, a Nigerian businessman and billionaire, Boyloaf, ex MEND’s commander, the outgoing Governor Oshiomhole of Edo state and the ex-governor of Bayelsa state Timipre Sylva. The ‘avengers’ insist the MEND is dead and, if revived, will be used for stealing money only. Read the latest declaration by the militants below: “The high command of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) condemn in strong term the continuous efforts of Mr Ebikabowei Ben (Boyloaf), Ayiri Emami, Timipre Sylva, Adams Oshiomhole and their paymasters to link and catch-in our activities to promote their political MEND that has purportedly named a team to negotiate with the federal government. “We are not however surprised by the resurrection of the defunct MEND by these personalities because these are groups of settled ex-fighters that they have been arming, regrouping and rebranding over the years. The people of the Niger Delta know that the likes of Timipre Sylva, Boyloaf and Ayiri Emami are professional conflict merchants in the region, the only surprised entry is the outgoing Governor of Edo state Adams Oshiomhole which reason is not far fetch as such he want some assistance and machineries from the criminal elements of the defunct MEND.
“We are making the last appeal and warning to this so-called MEND to excuse the NDA from their criminal ways and gangs ups. Nobody can ambush the struggle, the world knows that Boyloaf and his group of bank robbers have been settled since 2009 of which he is still collecting stipends for ghost names in the Presidential Amnesty Program (PAP). “Please Mr. Victor Ben (Boyloaf) if you and your criminals want to resurrect the defunct MEND and negotiate with the government that is your business, but stop using ghost names to collect money from the Presidential Amnesty Program. That is our only advise and remember we know all your activities.
“We once again, restate that we are not going to be part of any dialogue and peace that will achieve only “The peace of our time” what the NDA want is peace with honour which will enter the genuine framework in setting up the short, medium and long-term action plan to the restoration of the essence of quality human life in the Niger Delta.” Niger Delta Avengers have intensified bombings of oil installations and destruction of infrastructure since the end of May 2016. Chevron’s, Agip’s, Shell’s and other foreign company’s facilities are being chosen as targets. Ibe Kachikwu, Nigeria’s minister of state for petroleum, paid a visit to the restive region on June 16. Negotiations with representatives of the ‘avengers’ was a part of the visit. However, the militants said President Buhari’s minister met some ‘political thugs and agents of the APC (the ruling party)’, not the true members of the NDA group.