The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has begged the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) to halt its planned attacks on oil facilities in the region.
Omo-Agege made this appeal when he hosted a delegation of Oil and Gas Host Communities of Nigeria (HOSCON) in Abuja, led by elder statesman, Chief (Dr ) Wellington Okrika.
The Delta Central lawmaker appealed to the militants that going ahead with their threat would create an economic setback for the country and additional environmental degradation in the area.
He promised that the demands of the group would be tabled before the Presidency noting that the nation cannot afford another militancy problem at the moment, after battling with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the #EndSARS protests.
“Whatever it is, we must maintain peace in the Niger Delta. I say this in view of the new agitations by the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers. We are just coming out of the End SARS protest which, of course, we all witnessed how a peaceful protest was hijacked by those with sinister agenda. We are all witnesses to what happened afterwards even when we must acknowledge that in a democracy, protest is a right provided those that do it do so peacefully without abridging the rights of others,” Omo-Agege said.
He urged HOSCON members to “go back to our people in the creeks and tell them we are here for them. We are here to champion their requests. We don’t want the peace of the Niger Delta to be disturbed or disrupted. We are here to protect the interest of our people. Yes, I may be the Deputy President of the Senate today but, I am first of all, a Senator representing my people. I am here and I am your own. I am your eye. We shall not disappoint you.
“Take this commendation to our brothers in the creeks that they have done well in keeping the peace and we will table their requests before the authorities as they have channelled that request through me. We shall ensure the right things are done”.
Ijaw News had earlier reported that the group’s threat to resume hostilities and engage the military if the demand of the #EndSARS protesters are not met by the Federal Government.
They expressed readiness to withdraw from the ceasefire pact with the Federal Government and engage the troops attached to the proposed Operation Crocodile Smile.