The Niger Delta Avengers has called on new militant groups not to attack soldiers or oil workers as they join the struggle to liberate the Niger Delta region.
In a statement signed by spokesperson of the militant group, Brig.Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, the Avengers warned that no group should indulge in any action that would make them incur the wrath of God.
“The high command of the avengers is calling on you not to attack any soldier and those claiming to have anti aircraft missiles should deist from targeting any aircraft,” the statement read.
Recall that a new militant group, the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF) had threatened to launch six missiles in the Niger Delta starting from June 7.
The Niger Delta Avengers, however, said: “Let us be careful not to offend God in the process of trying to liberate our people from the shackles of the Nigerian government because we need God more than anything right now. We also need the international communities as well. Hence, we must desist from any life threatening actions that will derail our genuine struggle for our people.
“All groups are hereby discouraged from indulging in harassing oil workers and soldiers. We urge you all to help any oil workers or soldiers you see in distress.
“The military warplanes hovering round our towns and villages have not strike a soul or destroy any property, so those groups with anti aircraft missiles should dry their gunpowder.
“When it is time to engage the military in combat the whole world will know they started the war not the Avengers. The Niger delta avengers high command will pass the message round that its time to engage on gun battle when the time comes. So far, we have not engaged the Nigeria military in combat; despite the heavy presence of military on the pipelines. we still find way to carry out our actions without attacking soldiers. The avengers will deal with any group that refuses and attack military.
“The high command is calling on all groups in Rivers, Ondo, Delta, Bayelsa, Cross River, and Akwa Ibom to not indulge in any act of kidnapping and attacking of soldiers. The war is on oil installations; “Operation On Flow of Oil”,” the statement read.