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The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by naijaracist(m): 5:22am On Jun 02, 2016
With a name that sounds like it has come from the pages of a superhero comic book, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) is the latest militant group to emerge in Nigeria - attacking oil installations in a campaign which threatens the economy of Africa's most populous state.
"We are a group of educated and well-travelled individuals that are poised to take the Niger Delta struggle to new heights that has never been seen in this nation before," the NDA proclaimed in one of their first statement's on their website in April.
"We have well-equipped human resources to meet this goal."
It was not an idle threat. The NDA has carried out a barrage of attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta region, causing a huge decline in oil production, which is the mainstay of the West African state's economy.
"The renewed activities of the militants in the Niger Delta is seriously affecting our oil production," Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun admitted on state-owned NTA television.
Who is their leader?
This is the first armed group to emerge in the region - where most people are poor despite the fact that it is rich in oil - since late Nigerian President Umar Musa Yar'Adua granted amnesty to militants there seven years ago.
At the time, militants in the region said they wanted a better deal for their people who have suffered environmental degradation and economic dislocation because of oil production by some of the world's leading firms.
Many of the militants were encouraged to drop their arms and agitation in exchange for some cash incentives and training. Former President Goodluck Jonathan, who comes from the Niger Delta, continued the scheme.

The amnesty programme, which provides tens of thousands of former oil militants with a monthly stipend from the government, stemmed the level of violence.
But in the latest budget, President Muhammadu Buhari reduced funding for it by 70%, and has spoken of phasing it out entirely by 2018.
It is difficult to identify or determine who the members of the NDA are - their Twitter handle currently has an AFP photo of a Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) militant taken in September 2008 as its profile picture.
Local people in the region believe members of the group are largely elements of previous militant groups like Mend - led by Henry Okah, who has been incarcerated in South Africa - or the Niger Delta People's Salvation Front led by the vocal Mujahideen Asari Dokubo. They were left out of the government's amnesty programme.
Many say the NDA militants are followers of former Niger Delta warlords like Government Ekpemupolo, who has the alias Tompolo.
He signed up to the amnesty programme but has been on the run since February, refusing to be questioned by Nigeria's anti-corruption agency in connection with $231m (£163m) in missing government funds.
But others believe the new militants are criminal elements that want to draw attention to themselves now that their kinsman, ex-President Jonathan, is out of power.
Currently, it is not known who officially leads the group, although a Col Mudoch Agbinibo has been signing press releases on behalf of the NDA.
There are suggestions that "Mudoch" is a pseudonym, like the one-time "Jomo Gbomo" of Mend.
Whatever perceptions people might have of the group, its activities in the Niger Delta appear well co-ordinated with a high level of technical expertise.
Oil production down
The NDA has stated unambiguously what it is setting out to achieve: "Our goal is to cripple Nigeria's economy."
After declaring what it called "Operation Red Economy" in February, it blew up an underwater pipeline forcing Royal Dutch Shell to shut down a terminal which normally produces 250,000 barrels of oil a day

Last month, Shell declared a force majeure, which excuses a company from contractual agreements because events beyond its control, on exports of high grade crude oil after an attack on one of its trunk lines.
A few days later, US firm Chevron shut its Valve Platform following another attack, also claimed by the Avengers.
And ahead of President Buhari's visit to the region on Thursday, the NDA said it had blown up two Chevron export terminals.
These attacks have dealt a huge blow to the revenue of the Nigerian government, which says the renewed activities of the militants are seriously affecting oil production.
In fact the country's production has dropped to 1.65 million bpd, as against the projected 2.2 million bpd.

The military has issued a stern warning that it will deal decisively with any group fermenting trouble in the country, including those it has described as "criminal elements in the Niger Delta".
But this appears to have emboldened the Avengers into more attacks that have had a knock-on affect on the supply of electricity that depends on gas from the oil-producing companies.
For President Buhari, who just marked one year in office, the NDA presents another fresh security challenge to the government which has been grappling with Islamist insurgency in the north-east of the country.


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36414036

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by madridguy(m): 5:22am On Jun 02, 2016
" For President Buhari, who just marked one year in office, the NDA presents another fresh security challenge to the government which has been grappling with Islamist insurgency in the north-east of the country."

I still don't know our offense as Country to deserve PDP at first.

PDP created Boko Haram to steal through defense budget, we voted them out again they created Avengers to crumple our economy. PDP why naa, you people should leave us alone.

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by brunofarad(m): 5:29am On Jun 02, 2016
Following ..








Kama is a biatch

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by BeeBeeOoh(m): 5:30am On Jun 02, 2016
Had it been Buhari never promised to make someone's government ungovernable, had it been he never promised to soak dogs & baboons in blood, had it been buhari was never a sectional & regional president, had it been Buhari never classified some citizens as 1st class & some as 3rd class citizens, if Buhari can come down from his high horse & eat the humble pie; all these won't be happening.

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by madridguy(m): 5:35am On Jun 02, 2016
Don't worry, when curfew/state of emergency is declared to some affected area we will know who divided the country verbally between Sai Baba and the most corrupt man from Otuoke.

BeeBeeOoh:
Had it been Buhari never promised to make someone's government ungovernable, had it been he never promised to soak dogs & baboons in blood, had it been buhari was never a sectional & regional president, had it been Buhari never classified some citizens as 1st class & some as 3rd class citizens, all these won't be happening.

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by adenine02: 5:36am On Jun 02, 2016
niger delta scavengers

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by AntiWailer: 5:37am On Jun 02, 2016
Congratulations to Niger Deltans.

Their sons got a BBC mention.


They should make sure they blow up every damn pipeline so Buhari can queue at the filling station.

Bunch of eediots destroying their future unknowingly

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by Ezemann(m): 5:39am On Jun 02, 2016
When our lecturers told us in class that the militants shall resurface...I definitely didn't believe..

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by BeeBeeOoh(m): 5:42am On Jun 02, 2016
madridguy:
Don't worry, when curfew/state of emergency is declared to some affected area we will know who divided the country verbally between Sai Baba and the most corrupt man from Otuoke.

Same was done In North-East, But Did It Stop Boko Haram From Bombing??.. I guess your answer is as good as mine. Bro, brutal & lethal force is never & can never be the answer. Buhari should come down from his high horse & ride on a donkey(eating of humble pie) and do the needful.

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by naijaracist(m): 5:44am On Jun 02, 2016
there is an evil conspiracy going on in this country, if you listen to radio biafra you will understand that this country is on a time bomb

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by omenka(m): 5:47am On Jun 02, 2016
Good. Let the world know about the terrorist activities so when the full might of the FG is brought to bear, no one would cry to ICC alleging crimes against terrorists humanity.

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by Ebbunwa(m): 5:48am On Jun 02, 2016
it's pathetic
Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by brownskindude: 5:48am On Jun 02, 2016
All these could have been avoided if your cattle rearer of a president wasn't busy making stupid remarks. This country really needs to renegotiate its sovereignty. How can oil from South South be used to develop Lagos and Abuja at the expense of the original owners of the oil? How can a company be drilling oil in South South but having regional and head offices at Lagos and Abuja? We are tired of this injustice. We might come from a Minority region but our contributions to the economic development of Nigeria has been Major. I am a South Southerner and oil is my birthright.

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by YourNemesis: 5:50am On Jun 02, 2016
brownskindude:
All these could have been avoided if your cattle rearer of a president wasn't busy making stupid remarks. This country really needs to renegotiate its sovereignty. How can oil from South South be used to develop Lagos and Abuja at the expense of the original owners of the oil? How can a company be drilling oil in South South but having regional and head offices at Lagos and Abuja? We are tired of this injustice. We might come from a Minority region but our contributions to the economic development of Nigeria has been Major. I am a South Southerner and oil is my birthright.

What expense I ask you?
What was used to develop Warri, Benin, Uyo International stadium, Asaba, Calabar and Port Harcourt light rails and conference centres, Yenagoa, Uyo, Port Harcourt, Brand new Akwa Ibom Airport, Ibom tropicana, Asaba international Airport And Calabar? Ice Water money? Forget the lies that your oil money was used to develop Lagos that is total bollocks. As for Abuja, it is our national capital city, and it has to have at least a semblance of modernity. Every Nigerian calls the city home, including people from the niger delta.
If my state was getting a quarter of what Akwa Ibom or Rivers gets on a monthly basis, we would have turned the place into fuc*king paradise by now.
Some of these your lines are getting old and stale and Nigerians are learning really fast.

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by imhotep: 5:51am On Jun 02, 2016
There is more to economics than crude oil

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by SuperSupremo(m): 5:51am On Jun 02, 2016
Every bad news finds its way to settle in Nigeria




Why

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by Subway1011: 5:53am On Jun 02, 2016
BeeBeeOoh:
Had it been Buhari never promised to make someone's government ungovernable, had it been he never promised to soak dogs & baboons in blood, had it been buhari was never a sectional & regional president, had it been Buhari never classified some citizens as 1st class & some as 3rd class citizens, if Buhari can come down from his high horse & eat the humble pie; all these won't be happening.

This lie of making the country ungovernable is stale. It was Lawal Kaita of PDP that made that statement and not Buhari. Stop the lies already.

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by coolzeal(m): 5:54am On Jun 02, 2016
Why is it difficult to restructure this country into fedrating units? That alone will spark up development and solve our problems as a nation.

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by BeeBeeOoh(m): 5:55am On Jun 02, 2016
omenka:
Good. Let the world know about the terrorist activities so when the full might of the FG is brought to bear, no one would cry to ICC alleging crimes against terrorists humanity.
This 1 u forgot to add Children Of Uganda in ur comment today, hope this is original 0menka??

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by IamPatriotic(m): 6:00am On Jun 02, 2016
At times, I condemned any biased and unbalanced criticism of the government, but taking stock of the Hausa/Fulani impunity and lack respect for the rest of us in Nigeria, I reconsider my opinion.

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by YourNemesis: 6:03am On Jun 02, 2016
Well sha ....
Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by BudeYahooCom: 6:05am On Jun 02, 2016
BeeBeeOoh:
This 1 u forgot to add Children Of Uganda in ur comment today, hope this is original 0menka??

lmao! grin

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by BeeBeeOoh(m): 6:09am On Jun 02, 2016
BudeYahooCom:


lmao! grin
Na d guy's trade mark nah..

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by timisco1: 6:18am On Jun 02, 2016
Noted
Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by koladebrainiac(m): 6:27am On Jun 02, 2016
Lols
Na wa oo
Americans go dey laugh sef say these niger delta folks don watch too many marvel avenger series plus captain america.
Captain America
The civil war. Lols

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by Noneroone(m): 6:30am On Jun 02, 2016
who noticed how they left out their demand in order not associate them with Biafra.


We are smarter

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by Nobody: 6:30am On Jun 02, 2016
naijaracist:


[/b]The amnesty programme, which provides tens of thousands of former oil militants with a monthly stipend from the government, stemmed the level of violence.
But in the latest budget, President Muhammadu Buhari reduced funding for it by 70%, and has spoken of phasing it out entirely by 2018.[b]

Now.there lies the cause...we need dialogue to bring about true federalism

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by Kezifils(m): 6:36am On Jun 02, 2016
Violence has never achieved much
Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by madridguy(m): 6:36am On Jun 02, 2016
Eat his pie like how? Continuing giving the scarce money to the militant at the expense of the Niger Deltan?

BeeBeeOoh:
Same was done In North-East, But Did It Stop Boko Haram From Bombing??.. I guess your answer is as good as mine. Bro, brutal & lethal force is never & can never be the answer. Buhari should come down from his high horse & ride on a donkey(eating of humble pie) and do the needful.

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by Nobody: 6:39am On Jun 02, 2016
Buhari no dey hear word, Two wrongs don't make it right. The example of Yar Adua proved to us that education is a better quality of leadership than having fought many battles.
Buhari had the golden opportunity to nip this crisis in the bud but as the saying goes, "he who the gods want to kill, they first make him mad "

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Re: The Niger Delta Avengers: Nigeria's Newest Militants - BBC by BeeBeeOoh(m): 6:41am On Jun 02, 2016
madridguy:
Eat his pie like how? Continuing giving the scarce money to the militant at the expense of the Niger Deltan?

They ain't asking for much bro, just “Resource Control..”

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