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Militant Group Emerges in Imo, Claims Responsibility for Elf Pipeline Destruction

by on June 22, 2016
 
A new militant group known as the Red Scorpion has emerged in Imo State, threatening to blow up Shell Petroleum oil pipelines in the state.
The group claimed re­sponsibility for the recent de­struction of two oil pipelines belonging to the Elf Oil Com­pany in Awara, Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area.
The incident occurred a few days after the Imo law­makers queried the exclusion of the state from the Federal Government’s proposed dia­logue with oil-producing states in the Niger Delta region as part of measures to quell the ongoing hostilities in the re­gion.
The lawmakers had dur­ing a plenary session to mark the beginning of the new leg­islative year last week, frowned at the exclusion of Imo from the government’s planned di­alogue with the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and warned that the peaceful disposition of the youths from the state should not be taken for grant­ed.
The new group, in a post on their Facebook account on Tuesday, said that it has what it takes to cause damage to pipe­lines in the oil-producing areas in the state except they are giv­en what duly belongs to them.
It therefore warned oil companies in the area to evac­uate their workers with imme­diate effect.
Meanwhile, some of the ex-militants from the area, who confirmed the existence of the group, said they were not in­volved in the renewed mili­tancy.
They, however, main­tained: “That people are angry and blowing up pipelines is no longer news. It is their right; they can blow up pipelines and call themselves any name.”

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