Monday, 13 June 2016

Niger Delta Avengers want mediators for dialogue

A new militant group in Nigeria has called for foreign mediators to broker talks with the government to end conflict in the oil-rich Niger Delta region. 

In a statement, the Niger Delta Avengers group said it wanted multinational oil companies operating in the country to "commit independent mediators to this proposed dialogue" to "bring about a lasting peace". 

The NDA has carried out a wave of attacks since it was formed earlier this year, causing a sharp fall in oil production in Nigeria. 

The group says it is fighting for the region, which is badly affected by poverty and pollution caused by the oil industry, to get a greater share of its oil wealth.   

 "If need be we may review our earlier stance of not taking lives," the statement added.

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