Niger Delta Avengers Condemns Attack On Soldiers, Vow To Bring Killers To Book

Militants (1)The Niger Delta Avengers, Thursday condemned the killing of military personnel in the area, promising families of the deceased soldiers that those responsible for the heinous act would be “brought to book”.
The militant group, which has claimed responsibility for renewed hostilities in the Niger-Delta region, said its vow to cripple oil production in the country, does not involve killing soldiers.
The group was reacting to Wednesday’s attack on a military houseboat in Ejere, a creek in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State that left at least two soldiers and five others dead.
There were speculations the NDA carried out the attack on the eve of President Muhammadu Buhari’s botched visit to Rivers State to launch the clean-up of Ogoni land and other Niger Delta communities in line with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report.
But the militant group in a statement signed by its spokesman, Mudoch Agbinibo, condemned all acts of violence against military and civilians, declaring “the days of killing and kidnapping” over.
“Killing of sleeping soldiers is not our style”, the Avengers said in an update posted on its website. “We promise the world that in this process of liberating our people, not a single blood of Nigeria soldiers will be wasted despite the provocation”.
“Our war is on oil installations not to take innocent lives”.
The statement assured “the families of the affected soldiers that we will bring the culprits to book”.
Furthermore, the Avengers issued a stern warning to other “freedom fighters” in the region to follow its steps of ensuring that no innocent person would be killed in the course of its agitation.
“This message is going to all groups parading themselves as freedom fighters. You can fight for your people without killing innocent souls NDA have proved it. We were able to drop Nigeria oil production from 2 million barrels (per day) to just 800,000 barrels without killing a soul. We are warning every group to follow our footsteps”.

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