The federal government is planning to suspend military operations in the offensive against Niger Delta militants.
Vanguard reports that the federal government is considering scaling down military offensive to give room for dialogue with militants and other aggrieved groups in the region.
Dr Ibe Kachikwu says the refineries in the country could not meet local demand of petrol even if they functioned at optimal capacity.
Ibe Kachikwu urged the militants to embrace dialogue with the government
Addressing newsmen in Abuja on Monday, June 6, the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu said the planned suspension of military offensive is to allow for individuals in the creeks to converge for the dialogue.
He urged the militants to sheathe their sword and shelve violence.
Kachikwu called on them to embrace dialogue with government.
Following the continued bombing of oil installations by the Niger Delta Avengers, soldiers have intensified their search for members of the group and have been raiding communities in the region.
On Sunday, June 5, soldiers raided Ogulaghan community an Ijaw kingdom in Burutu local government area of Delta state.
Some Nigerians have criticised the military for the siege on the Ijaw communities, saying the soldiers should have invaded the creeks and watersides in search of the militants and not harrassing innocent people.
Report earlier surfaced that President Muhammadu Buhari is taking steps to tackle the renewed violence being orchestrated by the Niger Delta Avengers in the Niger Delta region.
According to the report, the president was studying the gazette signed by late President Umaru Yar’Adua on the Niger Delta crisis as one of the possible ways of resolving the growing menace of the Niger Delta Avengers.