Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Reports Of A Truce In Nigeria's Delta Region have Been Denied by Militants

Reuters: Nigerian militants say no plan for Delta ceasefire

* Officials say truce agreed last week, Avengers say no deal
* Militants seek greater share of Nigeria's oil wealth
* Attacks pushed Nigerian oil production to 30-year low (Adds Avengers saying no ceasefire deal, quotes)

YENAGOA, Nigeria, June 21 The Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group that has claimed responsibility for attacks on oil and gas facilities in Nigeria's southern energy hub, said on Tuesday it never agreed a ceasefire with the government.

Government officials told Reuters a one-month ceasefire had been agreed last week after talks between the oil minister, community groups and state governors in the Niger Delta, the source of most of Nigeria's crude oil.

Militants say they want a greater share of Nigeria's oil wealth to go to the impoverished Delta region. Crude sales make up about 70 percent of national income and the vast majority of that oil comes from the southern swampland.

A petroleum ministry official said the Avengers, who have claimed responsibility for most attacks in the last few weeks that have pushed Nigeria's crude output to 30-year lows, were among those who agreed to a truce.

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More News On Ceasefire Attempts In the Nigerian Delta Conflict

We never agreed to cease fire with gov't- N/Avengers -- Daily Trust
Nigerian militants say no plan for Delta ceasefire -- Street Insider
Nigeria’s Claims of 30-Day Truce With Militants Remain Unclear -- WSJ
'New' oil rebels spring from old in Nigeria's delta south -- AFP

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