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Avengers’ attacks push global oil prices above $50

Niger Delta Avengers’ (NDA) attacks between Friday and Sunday have pushed global crude oil prices more than 1.3 percent higher than its closing price on Friday, trading above $50 per barrel.

Brent crude, the international benchmark for oil, was trading as high as $50.69 per barrel on Monday, from about $49 on Friday.

Avengers initially halted hostilities for two weeks, following talks with the Federal Government and the withdrawal of troops from the Niger Delta region.

The talks, according to Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, had yielded results, pushing Nigeria’s oil production from below 1.4 million barrels to 1.9 million.

The increase in Nigeria’s production levels, following peace talks, sunk global crude oil prices below $50.

After many refusals, Mudoch Agbinibo, spokesman of the group, acknowledged the peace talks, saying “we want a peace with honour not a peace of our time”.

Before the attacks over the weekend, another militant group, Ultimate Warriors of the Niger Delta, said militants were losing their patience, claiming to resume hostilities.

“Our patience is running out and we have decided to let the world know our grievances pure and plain again,” read the statement signed by Sibiri Taiowoh, spokesman of the group.

“We are sounding this as a last warning before the whirlwind gets down. The tsunami that would descend in coming days would be severe for the current government to handle.

“We bet you this government wouldn’t be able to handle what would happen in the Niger Delta in the days ahead.”

Resumed hostilities saw NDA blow up five pipelines including Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Crude Oil Trunk Line to Warri Refinery, two Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) crude trunk lines in Delta State at the weekend.

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