MEND disowns Niger Delta Avengers, as rival gangs blow up Agip pipeline

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The Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), yesterday disso-ciated itself from Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), the militant group that took responsibility for the blowing up of key oil installations in Delta and others parts of the region, lately.

This was even as rival gangs in Azuzuama-Ikienghenbiri creek in Southern Ijaw local government, Bayelsa state, blow up Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), over control of the Ogboinbiri-Tebidaba crude trunk line which passed through the area.

The Spokesperson of MEND, Jomo Gbomo, in an electronic mail statement, called for the release of detained Henry Okah and Charles Okah to pave way for meaningful dialogue on the Niger Delta question.

The MEND spokesman described the Avengers as a tool in the hands of some elements determined to destabilize the President Muhammadu-Buhari government.

Gbomo said that MEND had no reason to break the unilateral ceasefire on hostilities, which it declared May 30, 2014 and would give Buhari more time to stabilize the country ran aground by the ill-fated and directionless regime of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Meanwhile, a section of the Tebidaba-Brass pipelines along the Azuzuama-Ikienghenbiri creek in Southern Ijaw local government, Bayelsa state is currently on fire.

It was reports that gunmen attacked the facility, which is owned by oil giant, Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), the incident was caused as a result of a clash between rival armed groups.

According to Ebidimo Joseph, who resides in Ikienghenbiri, the groups were struggling for control of the Ogboinbiri-Tebidaba crude trunk line which passed through the area.

He added that residents are scared as a result of the clash and are presently

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