Bayelsa State Govt. Condemns Attack on Crude Trunk line

by on May 29, 2016

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.

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