Resurgent militant group in Niger Delta, Avengers, has on Tuesday declared that it had not entered into any ceasefire agreement with the Nigerian government.
The group, which is responsible for the several attacks on oil and gas installations across Nigeria’s oil-rich states, disavowed a purported ceasefire report that was announced earlier on Tuesday, June 21.
The group said on its Twitter page: “The NDA High Command never remember (sic) having any agreement on ceasefire with the Nigeria Government.”
The NDA High Command never remember having any agreement on ceasefire with the Nigeria Government.
— Niger Delta Avengers (@NDAvengers) June 21, 2016
A report had filtered in that a “30-day 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.
Avengers, alongside other militant groups, were said to have entered into an agreement with the government.
The rise of the NDA has had a dramatic impact on the oil output of Nigeria, traditionally Africa’s biggest oil producer. Nigeria is currently producing around 1.6 million barrels per day (bpd), down from 2.2 million bpd at the start of 2016, and has slipped behind Angola as the continent’s top producer.