Niger Delta Avengers
July 29, 2019
July 29, 2019
In 2016 Nigeria was rocked by attacks on their oil fields, totaling up to 4.6 billion dollars lost in revenue by militants. This loss of income for the country contributed to the recession in Nigeria that year, and the same time the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) came to existence. Exactly who are the Niger Delta Avengers, and what do they seek to accomplish?
Since 2016 the Nigerian government, as well as companies such as Shell and Chevron have lost a substantial amount of money and barrels of oil from attacks on the oil fields mainly by NDA.
The Nigerian Navy has increased their presence due to more piracy and the overtaking of ships, as well as destroying oil tankers. Nigerian navy recently acquired 150 boats to help with their presence in the water, and their efforts have paid off, with an increase of maritime traffic in that area.
Though they are well armed with small arms, such as AK-47sand RPGs, the Niger Delta Avengers do not seem to want to harm civilians or military, but rather just to cripple oil companies and the revenue of oil from Nigeria. They want the profits from the oil to go back to the people, to build up the communities that Nigeria is lacking to build up. If demands are not met by the NDA you could expect to see more attacks on oil fields. Nigeria cannot fight another faction with already fighting Boko Haram in the northern part of the country. Doing so will thin the militaries position in defeating either Boko Haram or the NDA. More patrol from the Nigerian Navy in the waters will increase security for the ships carrying oil into the country. Security for oil sectors on land, it will take increase military presence to ward off potential attacks in the future. Nigeria must increase military budget if they are to expect to fight off organizations fighting against the country to prevent further damage to civilians and to the country’s economy.
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Jacob O’Hare is a junior at the University of Mount Union majoring in National Security and Intelligence Analysis with a minor in French.