FG agrees one-month ceasefire with Niger Delta militants

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President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

The Federal Government has agreed a one-month ceasefire with militants including the Niger Delta Avengers in the oil-producing region, a petroleum ministry official said on Tuesday.

 

Reuters reported that militant groups including the Avengers, who have claimed responsibility for several attacks on oil and gas facilities in recent weeks, could not immediately be reached for comment.

 

The militants said they want a greater share of Nigeria’s oil wealth to go to the impoverished Niger  Delta region.

Crude sales make up about 70 percent of national income and the vast majority of that oil comes from the southern swampland.

 

The latest attacks have pushed production to a 30-year low.

Last week the Avengers said they would negotiate with the government if independent foreign mediators were involved.

 

“It was very difficult getting the Niger Delta Avengers to the negotiating table but we eventually did through a proxy channel and achieved the truce,” the official, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters.

 

A second government official, who also wished to remain anonymous, said a “a truce was agreed” with militants.

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