Why we insist on secession – Avengers


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The Niger Delta militants, continued with attacks
on oil facilities in the Niger Delta, Thursday
evening, with the bombing of a pipeline belonging
to the Nigerian Petroleum Development
Company, NPDC, a subsidiary of the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
According to sources, the incident happened at
7:40pm around the Shalomi Creek in Warri
South-West Local Government Area of Delta
The Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, and other
militant groups in the region are yet to claim
responsibility for the attack.
A military source, speaking under condition of
anonymity, confirmed the development.
The source said details of the incident were still
sketchy due to the time it took place.
However, the Niger Delta Avengers, earlier on
Thursday, threatened to secede from the country,
saying that successive governments had been
unfair to the people of the Niger Delta region.
It also called on the international community,
especially Britain, France, United States, Russia
and China not to allow the region to go the way
of Sudan.
The group, in a statement issued by its
spokesperson, Murdoch Agbinibo, insisted that
all that successive governments wanted was the
flow of crude oil from the region and not its
development, vowing to remedy the age-long
devastation against the region with every means
The statement reads in part: “Since the
amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914 to date, our
resources have been used to sustain the political
administrative live-wire of Nigeria to the
exclusion of the Niger Delta.
“Finally, we are calling on the international
community to come and support the restoration
of our right to peaceful self-determination from
this tragedy of 1914 that has expired since 2014.
“We want our resources back to restore the
essence of human life in our region for
generations to come because Nigeria has failed
to do that. The world should not wait until we go
the Sudan way. Enough is enough.
“This history of terror, we the Niger Delta
Avengers will resist and correct with every means
necessary. We have nothing to lose in the battle
It added, “Justice, they say, is only found within
the structure of a nation state; rather than
provide justice, the Nigerian government has
decided to mobilise her military might to
intimidate, torture, maim, victimise and bombard
a section of the nation and her citizenry to allow
the free flow of our oil.
“Since the day crude oil was discovered in
commercial quantity and quality in Oloibiri in the
present day Bayelsa State, what we have being
asking from successive governments in Nigeria is
potable drinking water, electricity, roads,
employment, quality education, resource control
and inclusive governance.”

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