Militants claim blast of another Nigeria oil pipeline

The Niger Delta Avengers on Monday said it would only negotiate with the government if independent mediators assisted.

The Avengers said it wanted a sovereign nation for the people of the Niger Delta, threatening that if the Nigerian government does not yield to its demands, the situation might deteriorate like Sudan's before the southern part of that country, after years of civil war, finally broke away in 2011.

"If they refuse to heed our advice will result to sinking of two their mother vessel as an example to others They should not undertake any fix of pipeline, oil and gas facilities that are damaged or attacked by our forces during this period of "Operation Red Economy" until and/or after the dialogue".

He also added that any solution proferred right now must find a long term way of giving opportunities to any citizen of the oil producing states.

According to the community, "we hereby refute the false claim by some rumour-builders that some members of the Niger Delta Avengers are hiding in Ayakoromo". The group has claimed that it is working to end injustice in the region and to empower the locals.

A group calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers emerged in late spring to declare war against national and worldwide oil companies operating in the Niger Delta.

The group warned President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration not to turn potential peace talks into a "political jamboree" dictated by corrupt politicians.

An NDA tweet following the pipeline bombing on Friday boasted how it was "good" that foreign refineries allegedly halted buying oil produced from the Niger Delta area.

Earlier today, it was reported that the militant group issued warnings to seven governors to release pro-Biafra protesters being held in police and military custodies in their states or face their full wrath.

Nigeria relies heavily on oil for a source of revenue.

The attacks and the related oil spills are costing millions of dollars to the global energy companies, which are already suffering from the oil price rout.

"For over five decades, we had given multinational oil corporations and their collaborator, the Nigerian state peace, cooperation and love for the crude oil to flow unhindered from our land".

The upsurge in unrest has reduced Nigeria's output to 1.6 million barrels per day, well below the budgeted-for 2.2 million bpd.

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