FG, Niger Delta Militants Reach A 30-Day Ceasefire Agreement

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The militant groups in the Niger Delta, including the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), have reportedly agreed with the Nigerian government to a 30-day truce to give President Muhammadu Buhari time to come up with a comprehensive plan for the oil-rich region.

THISDAY gathered that the “30 days of quiet” agreement was reached last week, when a federal government team led by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, representatives of the militant groups, community leaders and the state governments converged for a meeting.

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The meeting was in a bid to reach out to representatives of the militant groups to get them to stop its attacks on oil and gas facilities.

A source who spoke on the 30-day period of truce, claimed that Kachikwu reached out to the militants through back channels and pleaded for some time for the Buhari administration to come up with a comprehensive Niger Delta plan that would address most of their demands.

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The militant groups, the source said, accepted Kachikwu’s plea.

“You would have noticed that there have been no bombings of oil assets in recent days. This is the fall out of the 30 days of quiet reached with the minister and his team.

“This will give the president time to come up with a comprehensive plan for the Niger Delta,” the source said.

The source, who craved for anonymity, also disclosed that some of the demands made by the militants were for greater control of the hydrocarbon resources in their communities, improved funding for the Amnesty Programme, clean-up of oil producing communities in the Niger Delta that had been devastated by oil exploration activities, and funding for the Maritime University, among others.



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