The militant group responsible for several pipeline explosions in the Niger Delta, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has reacted to claims made by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Shehu Garba blaming the militants for the deaths of soldiers, policemen and civilians.
In an interview, Garba Shehu had said, ‘Out of the blue, a group calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA spouts. They kill soldiers and policemen. They kidnap and kill oil company workers. Piracy on the high seas,” Garba Shehu said in an interview.
“They asked oil companies to stop operations and pack out of the Niger Delta region. They attack and kill prominent individuals, ransacking homes up and down the coastal areas, including lately, Lagos and Ogun states. All these for what?’”
Reacting to this, the militant group said it was not aware of where the presidential spokesperson got his untrue information from.
The Avengers, in a statement by Mudoch Agbinibo said that contrary to Garba’s claims, the group has not killed “a single policeman” in the course of its operation.
The group said, “We don’t know where Mr Garba shehu and General Babagana Munguno, the National Security Adviser are getting their information from.
“We want Garba Shehu to go and get his record straight. Niger Delta Avengers have not killed and kidnapped oil workers, we are not into sea piracy, and we have never killed policemen. The Buhari-led government knows the people attacking soldiers and killing policemen.
“It’s their sleeper’s agents that are doing it, so they should stop tagging Niger Delta Avengers to killing, kidnapping, ransacking of policemen, soldiers and individuals in the region.”
Furthermore, the Avengers revealed that it had not commenced negotiations with the Federal Government adding that the government has been “negotiating with fraudsters”.
The militants said, “We the Niger Delta Avengers have not negotiated with anyone… If (FG) they have been negotiating with anybody it clearly shows they had been negotiating with fraudsters and their created militant group,” Mudoch Agbinibo, spokesman of the group, said in a statement.