ITSEKIRI leaders in Warri, Delta State, Wednesday, handed a strict warning to the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, the militant group that had claimed responsibility for the series of bombings on oil installations in the state, lately, to avoid Itsekiri land. Itsekiri Leaders of Thought, ILoT, an umbrella body of the Itsekiri ethnic group, gave the notice in a statement by the secretary, Mr. Edward Ekpoko and two others.
The leaders said: “We watched with surprise and anger the re-emergence and/or increase in insurgency in Warri area in particular the Niger Delta in general by a group, which calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers.” “Its goal as claimed, among others, is to cripple the Nigerian economy if their selfish demands are not met. True to its promise between February and now major oil & gas pipelines have been vandalized bringing down our oil production to 1.65million bpd as against the 2.2million bpd estimated 2016 budget, the lowest in 22years. Read more