Niger Delta Avengers

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Niger Delta Avengers
Participant in Conflict in the Niger Delta
ActiveJanuary 2016 – present
Ideology Regionalism
Headquarters Delta State (allegedly)
Area of operations Niger Delta
Allies Red Egbesu Water Lions
Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force
Niger Delta Red Square
Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate [1]
Opponent(s)  Nigeria
Battles and war(s) Conflict in the Niger Delta

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) is a militant group in Nigeria's Niger Delta. [2] The group publicly announced their existence in March 2016. [3]


The NDA have attacked oil producing facilities in the delta, causing the shutdown of oil terminals and a fall in Nigeria's oil production to its lowest level in twenty years. [3] The attacks caused Nigeria to fall behind Angola as Africa's largest oil producer. [4] The reduced oil output has hampered the Nigerian economy and destroyed its budget, [5] since Nigeria depends on the oil industry for nearly all its government revenues. [6]

The NDA's declared aims are to create a sovereign state in the Niger Delta and have threatened to disrupt Nigeria's economy if their aims are not met. The NDA claims its members are "young, educated, well travelled...and educated in east Europe". The group have criticised the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, for having never visited the delta and his detention of the Biafran independence activist Nnamdi Kanu. [3]


The leadership of the organization is not understood, as many local leaders have acted as the spokesperson to the government. This has made it difficult for the government to make meaningful contact with the group. Nigerian officials are also disorganized when speaking with the members, as many have found it their duty to make contact. [7]

Timeline of activities



  1. "PressTV-Militants blow up pipeline in Nigeria". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  2. "18 new armed groups spring up in Nigeria". Premium Times Nigeria. 2016-10-18. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  3. 1 2 3 "Nigeria arrests 'Avengers' oil militants". BBC News Online. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  4. Elena Holodny (16 May 2016). "Africa's largest oil producer has been dethroned". Business Insider. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  5. "The Niger Delta Avengers: Danegeld in the Delta". The Economist . 25 June 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  6. "Avengers unite! Violence in the Delta has cut oil output by a third. It may get even worse". The Economist . 25 June 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  7. DiChristopher, Tom (2016-10-26). "The Niger Delta Avengers are back — and they've got big oil in their crosshairs". Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  8. "Militants Bomb Nnpc Pipelines Same Day Chevron Gas Line In Delta Was Attacked". The Nigerian Voice . 8 May 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  9. "We Didn't attack any Military Houseboat". NDA. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016.