In February 2016, a new militant group, theÂ Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) was launchedÂ with the self-stated agenda of crippling theÂ countryâ€™s crude production. The groupÂ carried out its first attack on a gas line onÂ February 10th, 2016. This was followed byÂ other coordinated attacks on oil and gasÂ installations that has reduced the countryâ€™sÂ oil and gas production, with a devastatingÂ effect on the countryâ€™s economy. The federalÂ government has responded to the renewedÂ restiveness with mass deployments ofÂ security forces, including gunboats, warshipsÂ and fighter jets in the region.
This policy brief gives a general overview and update on resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta.