Ijaw youths have condemned the renewed destruction of oil and gas facilities by the Niger Delta Avengers, describing the development as unfortunate and worrisome.
The youths, who spoke under the aegis of Ijaw Youths Council, IYC, on Sunday, said the attacks were a setback to ongoing peace talks between the federal government and representatives of people of the Niger Delta.
The Niger Delta Avengers in an online statement yesterday claimed to have blown up two oil wells operated by Chevron near Abiteye flow station, Delta.
The militant group, which launched “Operation Red Economy” aimed at bringing Nigeria’s crude oil production to zero in February, 2016 also claimed to have blown up a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Crude Oil Trunk Line to Warri Refinery and two NPDC major crude trunk lines close to Batan flowstation in Delta state on Friday and Saturday respectively.
Reacting to the renewed campaign of bombings by the Avengers, the IYC, in a statement issued by Eric Omare, its spokesperson called on the militant group to halt attacks on oil installations to pave way for meaningful dialogue.
“It is unfortunate and worrisome that there is a resumption of fresh attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region by the Niger Delta Avengers.
“The visit of the Minister for State, Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu’s to the creeks some weeks ago generated so much goodwill and commendation from the people of the region.
“The IYC had expected the federal government to take advantage of that goodwill to engage stakeholders on how to find short and long term solutions to the problem.
“IYC also call on the Niger Delta Avengers to halt further attacks on facilities considering the negative effects of the attacks on the Niger Delta environment and give room for constructive dialogue”, Mr. Omare said.