There was relief in Delta State Thursday morning following news that the militant group, New Delta Avenger, had called off its plan to cripple oil production in the state through attacks on oil facilities.
The group had threatened to resume hostilities targeting oil facilities and production platforms in the state following its face-off with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration on development of oil communities and funding of the state oil producing areas commission, DESOPADEC.
However, in a volte-face on Thursday morning, the group’s leaders said they were retracting the threat in deference to call for peace by Niger Delta leader, Chief Edwin Clark.
“In deference to your authority on issues involving our development and efforts to change the tide of perpetual underdevelopment and treatment as 2nd class citizens of this nation, the highest command of the NDA has decided to shelve our planned attack on major oil facilities in the region from June 30, 2017,” it said it a statement.
“Without prejudice to any ongoing discussion with the Federal Government, we hope that the window of peace will afford you time to take up the issues as you promised with Delta state government.”
Five members of the group representing the five allegedly marginalized oil bearing tribes signed the document. They urged Clark to reciprocate their gesture by following up on his promise to ensure justice.