Militant group, Niger Delta Avengers has distanced itself from the the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) while stating that its struggle is not for pliticl hijackers and opportunists.
Since the Federal Government announced its decision to dialogue with the Avengers following a series of pipeline explosions, MEND, a defunct militant group suddenly resurfaced to facilitate the negotiations.
However, in a statement released by the Avengers’ spokesperson, Brig. Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, the group condemned the “activities of the political thugs and agents of APC to undermine the Niger Delta struggle.”
The political thug according to the group is APC chieftain, Ayiri Emami.
The group denied any links to Ayiri and his alleged soliciting of contracts from the government under the guise of negotiating on behalf of the Avengers.
“Few days ago, he and his group was parading, regrouping, rebranding and re-arming defunct Ex-MEND and settled Militants leaders discussing pipelines, oil and gas facilities contract in Edo State Government house.”
“Today he and his co-travelers are in delta state Government house, the Itsekiri Militants leader with community leaders and unfortunately branding them as representatives of Niger Delta Avengers for self-gain and political survivals.”
Furthermore, the Avengers declared, “We condemn its entirety the continuous linking of the Niger Delta Avengers to any meeting in Delta State Government in Asaba with Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.”
“We have never missed words in telling the whole listening world that the Niger Delta Avengers will not be part any dialogue deal that will not bring about “ the peace of our time; but we want a peace with honour” as such we could not be a party to any meeting with the likes of Ayiri Emami and his co- travelers that are ready to kill and trade for the interest of pipeline, oil and gas facilities contract from the Government to bloat their pockets and urge fantasies.”