There are strong indications that the Nigerian Government has suspended military action against militants in the Niger-Delta region to pave way for dialogue.

Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum told reporters in Abuja yesterday evening that the move, which would last for two weeks, is to encourage dialogue between the government and the militants.

It would be recalled that a militant group, Niger-Delta Avengers were alleged to have blown up several oil pipelines belonging to major oil firms in the region, thereby reducing the country’s oil output and export.