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Jonathan denies sponsoring Niger Delta Avengers

07 August 2016, 06:59

Abuja - Former President Goodluck Jonathan has denied being a major sponsor of Niger Delta Avengers, reports Sahara Reporters.

Jonathan on Saturday described a statement linking him to the group, which has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks on oil facilities as well as employees of oil companies in the Niger Delta as malicious.

A splinter group, Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA), which recently split from the NDA, according to News 24 had issued a statement on Saturday alleging that former President Jonathan was the “grand patron” of the violent group, NDA.

Jonathan, who is currently in Zambia where he is scheduled to monitor the country’s presidential election on August 11 dismissed the list released by Cynthia Whyte, the spokesman of RNDA.

Also read: Niger Delta Avengers challenge Buhari, Army

Jonathan said he would soon issue a formal statement, but clarified that he was in no way tied to the NDA.

He stated that the names of those listed as alleged sponsors and supporters of NDA suggested that a political agenda informed the composition of the list. 

He noted that there was absolutely no truth to the allegation that he was backing the NDA or any other militant group in the Niger Delta or anywhere else.

- News 24


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