The Niger Delta Avengers warned of more attacks against oil and gas assets on Monday as the Nigerian government tries to negotiate peace talks.
In a statement, the militant group said it wants the Nigerian federal government and energy companies operating in the country to bring independent mediators to proposed peace dialogues.
The NDA said it believes that independent mediators are the only way to “engender genuine dialogue” that will de-escalate the conflict.
The NDA also said it was restating its commitment to “attack the interest” of energy firms operating in the Niger Delta.
“If they refuse be heed to our advice will result to sinking of two their mother vessel as an examples to others They should not undertake any repair of pipeline, oil and gas facilities that is damaged or attacked by our forces during this period of “Operation Red Economy” until and/or after the dialogue,” the group said.
The NDA did not provide any further details about the threats.
NDA militants have launched several attacks against major oil and gas assets in the Niger Delta region.
The current wave of attacks began in early May when militants launched an assault against Chevron’s Okan offshore facility.
The group has also claimed responsibility for several explosives attacks against Chevron wells in the region as well as attacks against major Shell Petroleum Development Company and Eni pipelines.
Earlier this month, the NDA attacked the Shell operated the Forcados 48″ exportline as work was being conducted to repair damage caused by a Feburary attack.
The group has said the attacks are aimed at winning Niger Delta residents a larger share of oil revenues.
“The NDA high command is restating our commitment to attack the interest of oil corporation and international refineries operators that bring in vessels to the Niger delta territory to buy our oil that every successive government have refused to used and reapply the proceeds towards any development in the region since 1958,” the NDA said on Monday.
Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa but militant attacks, sabotage and theft have caused unplanned outages of up to 500,000 barrels per day, according to the U.S. Energy Administration Information.
The majority of Nigeria’s oil and gas production is located in the Niger Delta region.
The supply disruptions in Nigeria helped push total OPEC production down by about 110,000 bpd in May, the International Energy Agency said.