According to a report by SaharaReporters, the splinter group known as Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA), claimed that immediate ex-President Jonathan was the grand patron of the NDA.
It was further reported that in a statement issued by Cynthia Whyte on Saturday, August 6, 2016,serving Governors that include Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa were also named as “sponsors” of the NDA.
Also reportedly identified as sponsors of the militant group that has claimed responsibility for the destruction of several oil facilities in the Niger Delta region include , the founder of African Independent Television (AIT) and contender of the leadership of PDP, ex-militant turned contractor, Government Ekpemupolo (alias Tompolo), the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Kingsley Kuku, Kimi Angozi, and Patrick Akpobolokem as other sponsors.
Furthermore, the splinter group reportedly named Oyege Nimi Brown, VIP Timothy, Joshua Macaiver, Paul Bebenimibo and others as the main operatives of the NDA.
The militants also revealed that Udengs Eradiri, the president of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), also known as Brigadier General Murdoch Agbinibo, serve as the NDA’s chief spokesman.