The Ijaw Youths Council, IYC, on Sunday condemned the Niger Delta Avengers for its renewed sabotage of oil and gas facilities.
The Niger Delta Avengers in an online statement claimed to have blown up two oil wells operated by Chevron near Abiteye flow station, Delta.
According to a statement issued by Eric Omare, the spokesperson for the IYC, the attacks were a setback to ongoing peace talks.
He called on the group to halt attacks on oil installations to pave way for meaningful dialogue.
“It is unfortunate and worrisome that there is a resumption of fresh attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region by the Niger Delta Avengers.
“The visit of the Minister for State, Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu’s to the creeks some weeks ago generated so much goodwill and commendation from the people of the region.
“The IYC had expected the federal government to take advantage of that goodwill to engage stakeholders on how to find short and long term solutions to the problem.
“IYC also call on the Niger Delta Avengers to halt further attacks on facilities considering the negative effects of the attacks on the Niger Delta environment and give room for constructive dialogue,” Mr. Omare said.