The peace being enjoyed in the Niger Delta region is about to be disturbed.

Ex-militants from the oil producing areas of Delta State have threatened to resume attacks on oil facilities in the region.

They cited alleged discriminating activities and policies of the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, against the Delta Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, and oil communities in general.

The former agitators, operating under the umbrella of a new militant group, New Delta Avengers, NDA, in a statement by the spokesperson, self-styled Cpl. Oleum Belum, said: “We hereby declare ‘Operation Cripple Oil and Gas Production’ by any means available to us.” 

It warned: “The Federal Government and oil companies – local and multinationals – operating in Delta state are hereby put on notice that effective from midnight, June 30, this year of upheavals 2017, there should be no more oil and gas operations in Delta state. 

"Those who try our resolve shall be made a canon folder and used to show our determination. All members of the Joint Action Committee are hereby authorized to return to the trenches.”