The Bayelsa State government has condemned the attack on two crude trunk line operated by Aiteo and Agip by a new militant group, The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).
The militant group had earlier on Saturday claimed responsibility for the attacks on the pipelines that convey crude to the Bonny and Brass Export terminals from its twitter handle but the claims could not be immediately verified as Agip and the military kept silent over the attacks.
Aiteo, the new owners of one of the lines could not be reached for comments.
Aiteo, had in 2014 acquired the 100km Nembe trunkline from Shell which SPDC still relies on the line to convey crude to the Bonny Export Terminal from Bayelsa. .
The Bayelsa state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Jonathan Obuebite, who condemned the attack yesterday afternoon described the twin attack as one too many.
The blowing up of the trunk line is coming few days after a similar oil facility operated by Chevron was blown up in Warri, Delta State.
Obuebite who lamented the economic impact of the destruction of the key oil facility, wondered why the militants will go to that extent, knowing fully well the economic implication of their action to the state, the Niger Delta region and the country at large.
He observed that despite the concerted efforts of the government to move against such atrocities, the militants are still unrepentant in their acts of vandalism.
Obuebite urged the group to embrace dialogue rather than the current approach to register their grievances.
Obuebite equally urged Bayelsa residents, especially those in oil communities to be very vigilant and work closely with security agents to apprehend anyone or group attempting to undermine key national assets, while pointing out that government is doing its best to stem down the activities of the militants in the state.