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Top Niger Delta commander gives revealing interview

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​– The militant leader, who claims to fight alongside Niger Delta Avengers, reveals some secrets of the group

– He said that he has up to several hundreds of the militants under his command

– The Avengers’ leader urged the federal government to hold sincere talks or thing will getting worse

On“We have been slaves for many years. We are doing this so our communities get developed. We want to control the oil resources”.

While answering on if the government doesn’t come to an agreement with Niger Delta groups what will happen next, Commander Biboye said:

“Things will be getting worse. It’s better that the country divides so that we all go where we belong.”

Oil spills in Niger Delta. Photo: BBC news

He called on the incumbent administration to negotiate sincerely with the militant groups.

The foreign engineers came looking for oil in Niger Delta region in 1953 and discovered it later. It should have been a blessing but many local residents see it as a curse.

Thousands of oil spills have devastated fishing grounds, polluted water supplies, and ruined croplands.

There have been widespread claims of corruption, with accusations that politicians and local leaders siphon off cash that should be spent on building schools, hospitals and providing electricity.

The renewed militancy commenced late last year by the cash-strapped administration’s decision to cancel lucrative security contracts and cut the budget to pay former militants by 70%.

The palace of Gbaramatu Kingdom remains in ruins after clashes in 2009. Photo: BBC newse of the leaders of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has granted an interview to the BBC news.

The group claimed that it is standing behind a series of attacks comprising one attack on a pipeline that shut down one of Nigeria’s main oil export terminals.

Commander Johnson Biboye, his pseudonym, has stated that his group was responsible for several recent attacks. He denied giving more details quoting operational security.

According to him, his men had little choice but to return to militancy.

However, the NDA leader revealed that he has 300 fighters under his command. Biboye denies he is holding the government “hostage” or that he leads a “terrorist” organisation.

Abandoned campus of Nigerian Maritime University. Photo: BBC news

“ We are not fighting for selfish purposes. We are not terrorists,” he said.

“You cannot sleep in the creeks and have the mosquitoes sucking your blood and say you’re happy ,” the militant added.

“But the government needs to know we’ve been taken for granted for several years, enough is enough.”

“We’ve are demanding our rights.”

“We have been slaves for many years. We are doing this so our communities get developed. We want to control the oil resources”.

While answering on if the government doesn’t come to an agreement with Niger Delta groups what will happen next, Commander Biboye said:

“Things will be getting worse. It’s better that the country divides so that we all go where we belong.”

Oil spills in Niger Delta. Photo: BBC news

He called on the incumbent administration to negotiate sincerely with the militant groups.

The foreign engineers came looking for oil in Niger Delta region in 1953 and discovered it later. It should have been a blessing but many local residents see it as a curse.

Thousands of oil spills have devastated fishing grounds, polluted water supplies, and ruined croplands.

There have been widespread claims of corruption, with accusations that politicians and local leaders siphon off cash that should be spent on building schools, hospitals and providing electricity.

The renewed militancy commenced late last year by the cash-strapped administration’s decision to cancel lucrative security contracts and cut the budget to pay former militants by 70%.

The palace of Gbaramatu Kingdom remains in ruins after clashes in 2009. Photo: BBC news


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