The Niger Delta Avengers has refuted the claim by the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung that he had a meeting with their representatives at Oporoza in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State.
According to a statement signed by its Spokesperson, Brigadier General Mudoch Agbinibo, the NDA said it suspected that the Minister must have been defrauded by some Niger Delta fraudsters.
“We are here to let the general public know that Niger Delta fraudsters has defrauded the Minister. Niger Delta Avengers can’t stoop so low to send representatives to meet with a common Minister of youths that doesn’t know his work.
“Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung has been defrauded and played by Niger Delta Fraudsters he didn’t had any meeting with us (Niger Delta Avengers).
“Lets make this clear, any meeting with Niger Delta Avengers that the International communities are not part to witness, we (Niger Delta Avengers) will not be part of any such dialogue as well”, the statement said.
Dalung was earlier reported to have Solomon stated that he travelled to Delta state to meet members of the Niger Delta Avengers in order to find solution to the problems in the region
According to Daily Trust report, Dalund said he took a two-hour journey on the sea to Oporoza in Gbaramatu kingdom where he met with the leadership of the NDA who gave him a sealed hand-written letter to deliver to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said: “On reaching the community after the two-hour journey on the high sea, I met with the members of the communities who told me that their dream was to be included in the Nigerian project, that the education facilities and other basic social amenities are almost non-existent in the communities. They also raised concern of incessant attacks by the Nigerian Military.”
He revealed he embarked on the journey on Wednesday, July 13 as part of federal government’s commitment to good governance and his strong concern for the Nigerian youths and that “as a youth minister, I know there the Avengers are mostly youths who have potentials to be great citizens of this country.”
Dalung said that he was escorted by the Niger Delta ambassadors to the leadership of Avengers who gave him the letter and that although he did not open the sealed letter, they militants raised three key issues with him. “The issues include the Niger-Delta Maritime University, pipeline community policing which they said the government had denied them, and the inability of the government to continue with the amnesty programme established by former President Umaru Musa Yarádua Yar’Adua.”