Nigerian Niger Delta militia group, the “Niger Delta Avengers,” has carried out its threats to wreak havoc country’s economy by blowing up oil and gas pipelines.
The latest attacks on pipelines occurred 24 hours after a major destruction was carried out on Chevron’s platform at Escravos.
In continuation of their onslaught on oil facilities across the Niger Delta, suspected gunmen on Thursday night simultaneously blown up the recently repaired Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) crude trunkline supplying both the Warri and Kaduna refineries crude.
An oil flow station fielding the Chevron Tank farm in Warri South West Council Area of Delta State was also reportedly attack yesterday night.
A gas line that feeds Lagos and Abuja electricity plants was equally affected in the renewed hostility in the region.
Just on Thursday, militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, claimed responsibility for the attack on Chevron Valve Platform situated deep offshore around Abiteye also in Warri South West, Delta State.
Spokesperson, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta, N.B Lamu confirmed the development to our correspondent when contacted. He however added that he was yet to get details of the incidents.
In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mudoch Agbinibo, the group claimed responsibility for blowing up “crude line feeds that links Warri and Kaduna refineries respectively”. It also claimed to have damaged the gas line that feeds the Lagos and Abuja electricity power supply. “With this development, the Warri and Kaduna refineries will be shut down and all cities that depend on the gas line for power will all be in total darkness like the creeks of the Niger Delta,” the group said.
The group added that on Thursday, its Strike Team 7 blew up Well D25 in Abiteye. The well is a major gas facility owned Chevron. The team also blew up major pipelines in Alero, Dibi, Otunana and Makaraba flow stations, which feed the Chevron tank farm, putting it out of operation. Currently, Chevron’s operations in the Niger Delta have been totally disrupted.
The group boasted that it is undeterred by heavy military presence in the area. It said it carried out the bombing about 100meters away from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline, where a military houseboat is stationed to protect the pipelines.
“We want you public to know that despite the heavy presence of military operatives, our activities can’t stop and it just waste of funds and time to let the Nigerian military protect oil installations,”the group bragged.
Mudoch Agbinibo,the Niger Delta Avengers spokesperson, warned the people of the Niger Delta against undermining the group’s agenda “This is a clear warning to all Niger Delta politicians, traditional rulers, community leaders and the likes of Tompolo to mind their business and leave the liberation of the Niger Delta people to the Avengers. Those who believe taking sides with the federal government to fight Niger Delta is the best option, Avengers are here on the ground. Neither you nor the federal government can stop us. If you don’t stay clear and let us carry out our activities, we will bring the fight to your individual doorsteps. Our major goal is to cripple the Nigeria economy,” warned
Agbinibo also called on all Niger Deltans to attack oil installations in their communities and urged them to see the war as theirs.