Niger Delta Avengers Militants announce ceasefire as peace talk holds
Written by Morenike Adebayo on August 21, 2016
The Niger Delta Avengers have announced a ceasefire following pleas from the Niger Delta stakeholders, leaders and monarchs. The factionalized militant group has pledged to lay down their weapons and resume talks with the federal government after months of attacks on the country’s oil and gas infrastructure that have crippled the economy.
In a message posted on the group’s website late, NDA issued conditions under which it can enter into negotiations with the federal government. It also said it will support any effort to negotiate with the federal government of Nigeria, representatives from the home countries of all multinational oil corporations and neutral international mediators.
There have been unconfirmed reports for several weeks of talks under way between Abuja and the NDA, but the rebel group never publicly acknowledged that it was engaged in negotiations.
But in its latest statement the NDA through its spokesman, Mudoch Agbinibo, indicated its readiness to dialogue through a negotiation team led by Edwin Clark, prominent Niger Delta leader.