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No Ceasefire Agreement With FG, Says Avengers

The Niger Delta Avengers has denied entering into a ceasefire agreement with the Federal Government.

The group said this on Tuesday in reaction to media reports saying it has signed a 30-day ceasefire pact with the government.

Reports quoting sources at the Ministry of Petroleum as saying that the government secured truce from the group as part of the reported negotiation process flooded the Internet on Tuesday.

According to local and foreign media, including Reuters, sources at the Ministry of Petroleum, revealed that the NDA was among the group that agreed to a ceasefire agreement signed by the representatives of the Federal Government and Niger Delta militants.

But a Twitter post by the NDA said its “high command” was not aware of the reported ceasefire.

“The NDA high command never remembers having any agreement on ceasefire with the Nigerian Government,” it tweeted.

The NDA has taken a responsibility for a series of bombings of oil and gas assets in the Niger Delta in recent times.

Meanwhile, the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Dr. Mohammed Barkindo, on Tuesday said the carrot and stick approach  would help check  the violence being unleashed by the Niger Delta Avengers.

Credit: Punch

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