NIGERIAN militants have called off plans to renew attacks on oil and gas installations despite an earlier ultimatum to the Federal Government to meet their development demands expiring at the end of September, according to the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), writes Barry Morgan.

Self-styled ‘Major General’ Johnmark Ezonbi, leader of the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA), which heads a coalition of militant groups, relented after pleas from traditional Ijaw leaders, former Bayelsa State Governor Timipre Sylva and several activist organisations

In a statement, the Pan Niger Delta Peoples’ Congress convenor Chief Mike Loyibo said consultations had been intense but the peace process remained on track, and specifically mentioned the efforts of key Ijaw figures, including former minister for police affairs Alaowei Broderick Bozimo, the co-ordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme designed to contain militant recruitment, Brigadier General Paul Boroh, and serving Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Ibe Kachikwu.