A Niger Delta ceasefire could be a possibility after the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) Nigerian rebel group announced a conditional ceasefire and agreed to initiate talks with the Nigerian government in a statement posted on its website.
Despite the Niger Delta Avengers’ attempt to seek peace, another group has recently claimed an attack on a gas pipeline – the Niger Delta Green Justice Mandate.
“We are going to support any collective/negotiating team […] and genuine stakeholders conference to engage with the federal government of Nigeria,” the statement reads.
Niger Delta Ceasefire under Debate
Additionally, the Niger Delta Avengers said they are willing to talk to “representatives from the home countries of all multinational oil corporations and neutral international mediators that will be focused on achieving the short, medium and long-term frameworks and objectives to de-escalating conflicts in the Niger Delta,” the statement adds.
“We are going to continue the observation of our unannounced cessation of hostilities in the Niger Delta against all interest of the multinational oil corporations,” the Group added.
Shell Nigeria has been one of the most affected oil companies by attacks in the Niger Delta
Niger Delta Avengers stated further that they will continue to attack if the government continues to take action against the Group.
“We promise to fight more for the Niger Delta, if this opportunity fails,” it said.
Nigeria Lost 700,000 bpd on Rebel Attacks
The Niger Delta Avengers have already caused significant damage to Nigeria’s oil production levels and oil infrastructure.
Until now, estimates point out that nearly 700,000 barrels per day (bpd) of production has been lost, which represents a decrease of approximately 1.3 million bpd.
The attacks by the NDA have targeted international oil companies like Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron and Eni, as well as the national oil company NNPC.
However, the group seems to have been less active recently, sparking up hopes that it is no longer planning attacks.