By Sylvester Idowu in Warri
Ijaw National Leader, Chief Edwin Clark on Sunday thumped down members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), maintaining that there was no justification for last Friday’s attack on Bonny trunk lines. He therefore condemned the bombing when the 60 days ceasefire ultimatum had not expired.
Clark, who is the Leader of the Pan-Niger Delta Coastal States Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum, noted that there was no justification for the renewed bombing against the backdrop that the 60-day cessation of hostilities put together by the Forum had not elapsed.
The elder statesman, in a statement issued in Abuja, condemned in totality the bombing of Bonny trunkline which he described as ill-motivated and advised the militant group to put a stop to such attacks.
”It has come to the attention of the Niger Delta Royal fathers, Elders and leaders of thought that the Niger Delta Avengers have claimed responsibility for the bombing of the Bonny Export( 48) inch pipeline on Friday, 23rd September, 2016. ”We condemn in totality this il- motivated and I’ll- advised rampaging in the bombing by the Niger Delta Avengers. Even though the Federal Government has not constituted its negotiating team as articulated by the Pan-Niger Delta Coastal States Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum, the 60-day cessation of hostilities has not elapsed. Therefore, there was no justification for further bombing, such as the one that took place last Friday.