The Warri Study Group (WSG) has accused some serving and ex Governors of using the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) to arm twist the Federal Government into dropping corruption charges against them.
Daily Post reports that the chairman of the group, Edward Ekpoko also called on the government to yield.
Ekpoko said the Federal Government should not negotiate with the militant group.
He said “Politicians, including an ex-governor of Delta State and militants have continued to use this neglect to blackmail the Federal Government as a reason for the renewed crisis. But who is to be held responsible.
“Politicians, especially some governors (both serving and former) and their cronies from the Niger Delta are hands in glove with the militants and are openly and secretly advocating dialogue with them so as to (through them) have criminal charges against them dropped.”
“The militants are well known to some of them (governors) to the knowledge of Niger Deltans. Government should keep them under watch. Let us get it right: who are the Avengers? Tompolo has denied them, but do we believe him when they want his account de-frozen? MEND has denied them, they are used by those who created them.
“To dialogue with them is tantamount to open discussion with corrupt politicians from the region that have forced the pathetic conditions of life that now pervade the Niger Delta. All they want is to bargain themselves from investigation and trial,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) leader, Solomon Chukwu has denied having any link with the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).