The Niger-Delta Avengers have refuted allegation by the chief of Army Staff that they have been killing members of the Nigerian military . They alleged that over 50 soldiers died in the creeks because they had no amphibian training and experience adding that the number of dead soldiers would have been up to 100 if not for fishermen who rescued them
They also described as false, claim by the Nigerian Army that some members of the Niger-Delta Avengers were arrested by the military.
In a series of tweets on their twitter handle, the NDA stated that they have not engaged in combat with the military since they commenced their campaign.
Find below the tweets
Our attention has the drawn to the arrest of 10 @NDAvengers boys by Nigeria Military.None of our Strike team has been arrested its all a lie
— Niger Delta Avengers (@NDAvengers) May 31, 2016
Nigeria Military also lied that NDA kill soldiers. we havnt engage in combat wth them bt if they want us to kill them let them come after us
— Niger Delta Avengers (@NDAvengers) May 31, 2016
Chief of Army Staff we not the ones killing your Soldiers STOP LYING pic.twitter.com/u51pqDNCph
— Niger Delta Avengers (@NDAvengers) May 31, 2016
With time government will take this fight with militant in different ball game that will bring END to their life, honestly militant are just making mouth, so times I wish military should come back, where were they when Abacha was in power, by then nothing like amnesty, nobody call militant talk or misbehave apart from Saro Wiwa that Abacha hang like dog in his state #Military should take full control of this country
Even in Libya there comes a time when a dictator was over throned not only over throned but killed like a dog so no one is immortal even if Army takes over today and people get fade up with government voices will be raised and arms will be taken even the head of states may fall victim also .
Williams Duncan so you are now happy with what the militants are doing?
Ehase if Saro Wiwa was hanged like a dog how did Abacha died?A very shameful death ,he was killed by a woman a whole general. I prefer to stand and die for a cause than to die a fool’s death
For your information it was during Abacha regime that sparked of militancy after the 2 million man match at Abuja
@Falmata Harun no I’m not happy with what is happening generally in nigeria so our leaders must find a lasting solution to all this that’s what I’m saying .
Der is always a price to pay. Abacha dat killed Sarowiwa how did he himself die?
Militant are more trained dan d militry
U will not understand, if u shld see d kind of weapons de hav, millitary dnt hav even quarter of dem
So the Navy doesn’t train it’s men but militants do?
Liars if u kill 50 soldiers why your boss house demolished by army ?
Then come out 4rm hidng & face ur mates na, # election failure vengeance.
This the time to wipe out these boys. They now know it’s no longer business as usual. No one is saying the government shouldn’t take care of them. Where is the derivation going? Personal pockets. They should go and be bombing those who pocket their money not our common patrimony. Imagine Balyesa owing workers 8 months salaries. Arrant nonsense!
Sir Aluko dont you think dialogue is needed knowing well that it is their land, like all of us have ours ?.
@jonathan, are they developing their areas by bombs and guns?
When Avengers bomb one pipeline military fighter jets will bomb ten and the cycle continues
Hmmmm 50 soldiers @ once iro NLA
Now you’re counting and celebrating the number of soldiers you killed, no one is offended here yet but when soldiers start their retaliations, commentators would quickly tag it ethnic cleansing, especially the America hypocrites called amnesty international.
I pray it is not true. Else if 50 of them are truly dead, then let whoever is there be prepared for death, guilty or not guilty. Just immediate past, why can’t we learn from what soldiers did at Odi, Zaria, Zakibiam etc. Woe betide those rejoicing now. Pls let preach reign.
Please read before commenting. They never claimed they killed the soldiers They even said that they have never had any confrontation with the Nigeria military and that the soldiers died because they had no amphibian training Once again read the full story before you comment
My dear read with understanding b4 comment biko
Foolish Fool @ simon…. Idiot open or eyes and Brain if u ve 1
Dey even said dey wud ve reach100 if not for fisher men.
Did you read to understand or u read to comment?
This Simon idoko is a moron, read before u used ur bleached finger to type rubbish, they should go to the creek and fight the avengers, idiots
@simion STP talkn trash, wat abt d ipob members DAT wia killd ?wat do u have to say abt it.
U have to read first….if u mst comment
Talk is cheap, u did not read.
Forget what happened @ Odi during the time of OBJ. Soldiers are Nigerians regardless of the uniform they put on. They have no right to kill the people anyhow. If they do that, the people are entitled to meet them force with force. No armed robber can come to my house and think of carting away my property without any resistance from me even if he carries a grenade.
Simon Idoko, did u go to school at all? Did d NDA claim they killed those soldiers? Read the post carefully again b4 passing hatred comments idiot.
Idoko where did you read from? This your contribution na waao.
Read, read, read and understand before you make a comment.
Gal u talk like a child….well u r one so no need commenting…. But let me tell u Niger Delta creeks is not a place for non swimmer….. Many of ds men were brought from dia training ground without kning if dey kn how to swim first blf taking to d river… Wat do u expect
Idoko get education so you can understand postings
Don’t mind her aproko backfire
Wch part of d bush is dis girl 4rm fine girl without brain dey say end up in d kitchen abeg try go back 2 school ok
Idoko dis ur comment make me remember an electrical engr employed in my former company wit an HND certificate cudn’t fix a common fault on a panel so d white guy told him 2 return his certificate cos he didn’t merit it lol
See as u stylishly fool urself 4 public i guess ur husband will bi proud of u 4 dragging his son na 2 d mood
Ye ye people come out from hiden idiot.
You all know that the military with notu give the exact number of fatality, rather they will be feeding you guys with propaganda. Make I shut up self. I know say all these people wey day talk here here na yorubas, Make una prepare unaself they wait for herdsmen, n stop abusing NDA.
What is all these now? So we shld congratulate u for a job weldone? senseless ppl u better drop ur guns and embrace dialogue now!
It a fake news trust me this are the work of hooligans as journalist, let see how the idiotic militants will stand the force of the military fighters jet also worship, Nigeria must stand as one.
Why they fail to use all of this weapons to fight boko haram, why now the NDA ?
Onuoha this is hw u never passed ur O’level exams! U no read question u come dey give answer! Nawaaoooooo!
Nnazimako MorningDew Bidemi Agbodike I believe this massage wasn’t for u but since u decide to comment fine, swear to ur God u did not Sat for ur more than once akpa amu like u, it a comment of a brother I was addressing my chat to not the post, mumu.
Where are our naval officers and men? They are busy driving around Lagos molesting defenceless civilians and doing fine boy! Pls get them to the creeks cos that is what they signed up for!!!
They are every where even Warri town instead of creeks
Hahahahahah i can’t stop lap 50 soldiers hmm
Jonathan yes dialogue is d best. Should dialogue involve bombing of the pipelines? Do you know the havoc caused already? No electricity, lives are wasted. The government has never said they would not dialogue. I want to believe that these innocent guys were been used by those who took our money. The guys should ask for their own children to lead the war….
They care less because they buy fuel for double the amount in the creeks
Aluko, a man who wasn’t at the burial scene, if asked to exhume the corpse starts from the head. This is an Igbo adage which simply means that, whatever you don’t know you simply can not give any account of that. You guys should leave Niger Delta issues some of your contributions online are worsening the matter.
Congratulations. Tide will soon change
Illiterate,illiteracy is a disease.
Avengers are not killers like Hausa fulani and their leader.
No matter the multitude of bomber jets,war boats and soldiers ,they NDA will not ressolve in killing soldiers. THE STRIKE WITH SENSE.
AVENGERS !!!!!!!!!!!!ride on.
See the way Buhari is wasting our boys
Your strength is social media,you fools.
Just take small step come down here and visit creeks if you get mind
Avangers are not killers they not terrorist they are only asking for their right
What right ?
Kill them more boys up biafra
Somebody should teach this govt.about the dialectics of conflicts of this sort ,is there no pol.scientist in the cabinet ?
Please militant should embraced peace and let’s work together with this government so that Nigeria can be a Better place for us all.
Jokes apart, the terrains of the region is not easy for the soldiers. Even those that were born there often drown. The soldiers will kill innocent people while those bombing pipelines will carry on. Look for political solutions.
@EHASE OMAMA…U CAN GO AND WAKE ABACHA FRM DEATH SO HE CAN COME N FIGHT D MILITANTS….
Ehase Omama, I condemn their approach and not their agitation; was bitter were u mentioned military taking over but its obvious u r emotionally unstable owing to the fact that ur relationship is complicated.
My Letter To Niger Delta Avengers And Their Supporters. . . Before I start I have a few questions for you supporters. . 1. Where did the Niger Delta Struggle go to in the last 6 years’ . 2. Why is there so much vandalization of oil facilities off late’ . 3. Is it true you don’t want Tompolo arrested . 4. Is the allegations leveled on Tompolo true’ If no, why has he not honoured the invitation and if yes, then the so called development money you are looking for was outrightly swallowed by him. . Thank you, permit me to roll in my mind on the issue on ground. . Before the emergence of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as president, the likes of Ankio Briggs, Asari Dokubo, OpunaboNkot ‘Tariah, Ledum Metee, Edwin Clark etc were always on Television telling Nigerians and the world how the South-South has been marginalized by the North and the West despiteher oil. . By divine and metaphysical error, Goodluck Jonathan from the South- South, the presumed Nazareth of Nigeria became the president of Nigeria after President Umaru Yaradua’s death in 2009.His emergence came as a joyous daybreak to end our age- long marginalization . . There was a beacon light of hope for my region. Immediately, the Niger Delta struggle stumbled and died or gone Comatose. . The Niger Delta activists mentioned above became Jonathan’s spokespersons and abandoned the struggle. In 2011, Nigerians, Hausa,Yoruba, Igbo, Christians and Muslims voted massively for Jonathan. Thereafter, administrative thieves were appointed Ministers and head of federal institutions,- Convicted criminals received presidential pardon.- Militants were given contracts running into billions of Naira.- Impunity and corruption became the norm. . All these and many more replaced the Niger Delta struggle for resource control. The need for constant electricity, portable water, good health facilities, good road network, massive manpower development etc went into oblivion. Even the recent Ogoni UNEP report that would have changed the live of an average Ogoni man was not implemented by their regional brother – president. Recall that NDDC was established by Olusegun Obasanjo a Yoruba man. Ministry of Niger and Amnesty Office was established by Late,President Umaru Musa Yaradua, a Northerner. Regrettably, this two federal agencies including NIMASA and NNPC became conduit pipes for Jonathan’s Wife, Nyesom Wike, Deziani Allison, Godswill Apkabio and many cronies of Jonathan to Molest and siphon funds meant for the development of the Niger Delta region. . Credibility died. Equity died. Competence died. Due process died. Conscience died. . And the Niger Delta struggle died in their son’s hand. . Former Governor Rotimi Amaechi, knowing that the South – South may not have the opportunity of Producing the President of Nigeria again cried out and they called him a betrayer. They fought him with federal might and pushed him out of PDP, a replicate of what Joseph’s brothers did when they sold him to the Ishmelites. . But today Amaechi is laughing because they pushed him to stardom. . Even the East/ West road that was awarded by former President Obasanjo and inherited by Yaradua and later Jonathan is still not completed. . Bayelsa State today does not have an airport or a strong federal government institution that can generate employment opportunities for Bayelsa youths. Few months to the Presidential election, Ankio Briggs, Asari Dokubo, Edwin Clark, Nyesom Wike, Tompolo Government, Kingsley Kuku, etc awaken the Niger Delta struggle. . What a shame, What an irony’ . For five years nobody heard them because they were swimming and sleeping on money. When Goodluck Ebele Jonathan eventually contested and lost the 2015 Presidential election to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of the APC,the House of Assembly of all South-South states became a compensation point for militants ( Former and Active).Everything was done with the police and INEC to ensure that cronies of Jonathan and his wife were declared winners of the governorship and House of Assembly elections in the South-South especially Rivers State and Bayelsa. . And if Jonathan had won the last election and ruled for another ten years, there won’t be any hope for the actualization of the Niger Delta Struggle. . Go to Oloibiri and other villages in Ijaw land and see the level of environmental degradation yet their son was president of Nigeria for six years. . People are living a stone-age life over there, no land to build a house, no pipe burn water, no hospital, no school and no road yet some people will seat in Abuja and Portharcourt collecting billions of Naira as Champions of the Niger Delta struggle. . I read some few days ago that the President has directed the release of the funds meant for the clean up of Ogoni Land. What their own son was reluctant to implement after spending a whole six years in office, but here is a man in less than 1 year set up a committee to look into the delay and now they are ripe to implement. . Who is fooling who? Are they fighting for the cause of Niger Delta or their pockets? . When you bomb an oil installation, you put your own people at risk health wise. . Your waters in the village is contaminated . You reduce the federal allocation to the state . You reduce power supply capacity. . Buhari does not stay in your village, he does not need water to drink from your village, the power supply any where he is will not blink a second even if you decide to bomb your whole village. This is a compendium og foolishness. . The people who will suffer from the mental selfish exercise were not empowered the last 6 years, those who benefited from the loots have squandered the loots on women, drinks and landed property if not why has Tompolo even after his bank account was frozen and some of his property sealed by the federal government, he still choose to be in hiding. . Niger Deltans Be Wise! . What Good luck could not give to them in the last 6 years, they now want Buhari to give them in 1 year, madness indeed
when you count and post out of your stupidity and envy you will tier idiot of all time you talked with a loud mouth and forgot about your yesterday you mentioned Ameachi but you forgot that he is one of the cost of what is happening now you people talk any how because is Facebook come out and talk as you how to talk God punished you
Whatever the case may be, I believe you will not sacrifices your head in order save the cap. Jonathan era may be bad or worst as you call it, but there is rule of law, helm man has been attacking innocent citizen no fighter jet then. There is God oh
@Henry Iyala, if I ask you to come out so we see can you withstand the heat that will come out from me ? If my comment really hurt you why can’t u just hang yourself…because i can see you almost cry when reading my post…animal!
You are a very foolish APC man. Tell us the significant thing Amaechi did as governor for 8years that you liken him to Joseph? You talked about development, you forgot there is what is called human development and that the empowerment of humans is also development because it has a run down effect. It was in Jonathan’s era and approval that the NDDC foreign postgraduate scholarship scheme was increased from paltry 50 to 200, do you know what that means? I know you are not even aware that is why you talk rubbish. The Federal University Otuoke, Oil and Gas Polytechnic Bony Island and the Maritime University Delta that Amaechi stopped, was it build by your father? What Akpabio has done as a governor in Akwa Ibom, can you point to where Buhari has tried half of it before in his life with all the opportunities he got? I call you foolish APC Man because it is only your type that will call people that have not been convicted criminals. What was Boko Haram fighting for? even when the north ruled Nigeria for 40 of 56?
Beautiful article, but you’re wrong. Be honest brother.
You are a products of lies and propaganda, deceit and hypocrisy is your trade marks, the work of your pay masters you will do, noise maker
@Onafowora You’re right Bro, I love this article as it speaks a great deal of the truth. Though you left out some things and overstretched some too. It’s a commendable academic piece. Don’t also for any reason respond insultingly to bitter critics, you don’t know what they know just as they aren’t standing where you’re.
CUDOS TO UR WELL FORNISHED THESIS, DEVIOD OF BASIC FACT TO SUBSTANCIATE MOST OF YOUR PERCIEVED & SELF-ACCLAIMED GENIEU POINT. UR WRITEUP SIMPLY DEPICT A CLEAR MIND OF A SELFISH & TRIBALISTIC ANALYST. NOW Mr SPOKESMAN, OIL WAS DISCOVERED IN EARLIER POST-COLLONIAL ERA, NOT DURING GEJ ADMIMISTRATION, IF AM NOT MISTAKING, THE HAUSE & YORUBA YOU MENTION THAT FOUNDED GOD KNOWS WHAT HAVE RULE THIS COUNTRY MORE THAN ANY OTHER TRIBE, MY QUESTION, 1. WHY HAVEN’T THEY TRY TO PUT IN PLACE THE NECESSARY FACILITIES FOR THIS REGIONS FEEDING THE NATION. 2. ASSUMING UR FAMILY OWN A PIECE OF LAND WITH SOME FACILITIES IN IT, AND SOMEONE OUTSIDE YOUR FAMILY TAKES CHARGE OF LAND, LEASE/RENT OUT THE PROPERTIES, COLLECT 80% OF THE MONEY AND PAY JUST A TOKEN TO YOUR FAMILY WHO WORK AS SECURITY TO YOUR PROPERTY, HOW WUOLD U FEEL? FANTASTIC I QUESS. I BELIEVE IF THE OIL DEPOSIT IN SS WERE TO BE LOCATED IN THE NORTH, THERE WILL BE NOTHING LIKE ONE NIGERIA EXCEPT, EVERY ONE ACCEPT TO BE SLAVES TO FULANI/HAUSA, THAT’S JUST THE TRUTH. NIGERIAN GOVT EVEN DESERVE THE WORST UNTILL, THE NEEDFUL IS DONE. RELOCATION OF ALL THE OIL BLOCKS TO THE RIGHT OWNERS, OR GIVE THEM A COMENSURABLE DEVIDENCES OF DEMOCRACY.
Oh! Who did this to you? May God have mercy on you. Hypocrite like you.
Mr. Writer, you just wrote a beautiful nonsense. Abuja and Lagos were all fantastically developed if weighed on the scale of developing countries, fine, were Tunde and Rashid who were in the street as area boys called by federal government and handled them money to develop Lagos? Did federal government at any point in time beckoned on the almajiris on the streets of kano, katsina, nasarawa, Kaduna and what have you to give them contract to develop Abuja? The answer to all this questions “no” then what happened, how did this cities get developed to this points? Simple, federal government developed them, one more question, how or where did federal government get money with which this cities are developed, “Niger Delta” my last questions, why is it difficult for federal government to develop Niger Delta? Why is federal government handing money to individuals for the development of Niger Delta? I guess federal government is looking for a short cut which is a lazy man way of doing things. No, no no no, something is fishie here, somebody wants or wanted to keep playing a smart one on the people’s intelligence, he brought together few miscreants who didn’t have the love of their at heart just like the federal government herself, sort them out and thinks she has bought Niger Delta over, fafafa fowl, federal government of Nigeria let me remind you, the people you are dealing with here are very intelligent they know you have not the right thing, keep going through the backyard and you will keep crying for pains and damaged economy for all time, but come in through the door and you will be welcomed, but go in through the window you will be treated like a thief. Finally blessed is she who wouldn’t take offense at Niger Delta avengers for fighting for their, for such government shall go for dialogue and obtain support from the people and the government shall harvest enormous oil flow. Then course is he who want to strangle the people to make himself rich and the people will remain poor, in today and the days to follow he shall harvest restlessness and violence. A word is enough for the wise.
@Caleb, you response well but you are wrong in bringing tribalism to this…
You said oil was discovered long time ago, but you know oil is not the first resources Nigeria discovered and all Nigerians benefited from it, why oil should be different ?
You also talk of the money given to communities, you called it token well if I said you lied about that or you just don’t know about what u are saying concerning that I am right.
Have you been to Bonny Island and see how NLG changed the look of that area, what of Eket where Mobil is still developing the area, what of Amochk all this areas no power failure, Ogoni would have be another great community if the ogoni people did not betray Ken Sarowiwa that lead to his death all because of greediness, what has Magnus Abeh that benefitted from ken sarowiwa’s programme do to bring his dream come true ? You talk of the oil deposit ? Why is it that you think of what comes out of the SS and you don’t think of what you also benefited from the north and other region, if the north are saying the Cows, tomatoes, onions, yams etc all belong to them how will that sound to you ?
You did not talk of how money will be released to a community and one chief wants all to belong to him and his family alone, instead of the chiefs there set up a programme that will enable their youths to travel abroad and school they will sheer the money within themselves and buy guns to some fools to be guiding them and sponsoring cults, you did not talk of this, you also did not talk of how an Ekwere man can not work in Okkirika man’s land, also an Ogoni man can not go to calabari land to work, you also did not talk on how company will gives an SS man job instead of doing the job he will rather sell the chance to a stranger prefer to go and flex or join his mate in the creeks
They benefitted a lot in the programme (Amnesty) an housa man introduced but what did they do with the money they got from it ? How did they make use of that chances, most of them sent abroad abused the programme and came back home learning nothing !
Look my brother SS is the problem of her self if the people did not come together as one they will never gets anything right, if they did not removed ethnic bigotry from their system they will remain as they are for the fact that Bayelsa came out from River state they are not still friend of them selves, stop directing SS mistake to the north all the northerners that owns oil well, the chances was sold or may I say was given to them by the SS people the selfish leaders among them….
Only gallant ones can face the army but our militant are not men enough since they have gone into hiding. I thought they are strong enough
Zainab Abubakar Boryo, u think land fight n water fight is thesame? The soldiers needed a special training b4 they can fight those guys in the creeks, bcos ur comments shows that u are ignorant abt confronting those guys in d creeks.
Kabowei Iam not ignorant. The way the behaved will never solve the problem. They are masses, the rich ones are pushing them to be killed. After achievement or no achievement it’s still the masses that suffers. Why can’t their children’s be part of the militant. The brave ones sholud make sense out of this
Immediately EPZ n NIMASA n other big project was cancelled in d Niger delta i knew trouble was coming 4 God sake dis r project dat will bring abt job n create a gud atmosphere 4 education pmb shd have a retink
Sooner or later urtim
More will still die
It is not true. This is just a propaganda by the avengers. If it were true the story information would have been broken out.
I do not believe this,if they kill 50 soldiers,the whole creek could have been on fire.I trust Nigerian soldiers,they will not hear come back ,Anna fire dey go.sea ,air and land.every Niger delta mother should call her children home ooooooo.the biggle is about to plow
I hate Nigeria and Nigerians….Just talking without thinking…must you talk at all? Is there EQUITY in this
After u finish d soldiers pls finish Buhari for us mumu Fulani
Must everybody talk? Is Nigeria a country worth dieing for? You guys keep criticising NDA, when all Nigerians will prefer to be citizens of either America, Canada, uk, Japan, and even Togo and reject thier own country, A country where Nigerians have lost billions of naira to foreign embassies and there are refused visas. A Lawless country, where Govenors, ceo’s, Company directors even the police drive one way? A country where an average person can not stand and fill the tank of his car without pains? Its right time we tell ourselves the truth, must we remain one Nigeria? I hate this country.
Must everybody talk? Is Nigeria a country worth dieing for? You guys keep criticising NDA, when all Nigerians will prefer to be citizens of either America, Canada, uk, Japan, and even Togo and reject thier own country, A country where Nigerians have lost billions of naira to foreign embassies and there are refused visas. A Lawless country, where Govenors, ceo’s, Company directors even the police drive one way? A country where an average person can not stand and fill the tank of his car without pains? Its right time we tell ourselves the truth, we remain one Nigeria? I hate this country.
Rubish, and who was the last man standing to tell the story?
Niger Delta Avengers have told their own side of the story. If you have a contrary one tell it. This info has nothing to do with Jonathan, the past administration n those mentioned by some commentators.
Oh oh…These gangs & their sponsors are: “playing with FIRE”…May sanity prevail
Onafowora Kolaige u are a big fool on ur comment why boko haram during Jonathan it wud hv hapen during yaradua don’t let me talk if ur head is coconut head