Abuja - Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd.), presidential aide on Niger Delta matters and coordinator of amnesty programme, has stated the federal government commenced negotiations with the militants.
He stated that the talks are organizing through the dialogue committee with a view to halting the lasting hostility and bombing of oil pipelines in the region.
According to him, the Nigerian authorities have no plan to bring in more Niger Delta militants into the amnesty programme, comprising the Niger Delta Avengers.
Boroh who was speaking on a television programme monitored in Abuja said that his mandate was to reintegrate only 30 000 ex-agitators taken in the programme and cannot go beyond the limit to bring in more militants.
This is coming a day after the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) blew up the Qua Iboe crude oil terminal operated by ExxonMobil.
Security sources said that the militants stormed the terminal at about 7.30 p.m and bombed the terminal with dynamites.
Qua Iboe is Nigeria’s largest crude oil stream and exports usually more than 300 000 barrels per day.
- News 24