The rampaging Militant group Niger Delta Avengers have appointed the former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and five others as members of a committee to dialogue with the Federal Government on behalf of Niger Delta Avengers.
|Orji Uzor Kalu|
This was disclosed, yesterday, in a statement signed by Ballatyne Agiri, a contact person for the East and Central axis of the group as well as other splinter militant groups.
Other members of the team of negotiators include environmentalist and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Nalaguo Chris Alagoa, Mrs. Alice Mobolaji Osomo, Prof Steve Odi Owei Etibom, Dr. Anthony A. Ani and Mr. Inienimi Ballantyne Agiri. Soyinka will serve as adviser to the team.
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Agiri, who disclosed the names of the negotiators, in a statement, said the team would be representing the interest of militants in the Eastern and Central zone and other splinter groups in the oil rich region.
The Eastern and Central zones comprise Ijaw speaking communities in Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross Rivers and Bayelsa states.
The Niger Delta Avengers split into factions over disagreement on the modalities to adopt in the negotiation with the Federal Government. More than ten groups, including Adaka Boro Avengers, Niger Delta Warriors, and Reformed Niger Delta Militants had emerged since resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta region due to what the militants called the insensitivity of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to the plight of the Niger Delta people.
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