Cessation of hostilities: Has peace finally returned to the Niger Delta?

Ceasefire continues to hold, but Army actions may push Avengers into action again.
By Austin Oyibode
On Sunday, August 21, 2016, members of the Niger Delta Avengers who have claimed responsibility for the massive destruction of oil facilities in the region, declared ceasefire to hostilities.
This is the first time they have openly agreed to let down their swords and give way to dialogue and create path for peaceful negotiation with the federal government.
The declaration of cease fire
The declaration came barely two days after a dialogue organized by the Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clarke in collaboration with Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa. The duo, with other Niger Delta leaders, pleaded with the militants to sheath their swords as their hostilities have grounded the economy of the nation. Their actions have reduced revenues to states, even to states where the oil is produced, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom, the principal oil producing states in the region.
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Source: .naij.com

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