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New Militant Group Blows up Forcados Pipeline, Lists Demands

by on February 19, 2016
 
Picture by Tife Owolabi
Nigeria’s major trunk line, the Forcados terminal crude oil export pipeline, in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, has been blown up by new Niger Delta militants under the aegis of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).
The group, in a statement on its website, claimed responsibility for the incident which occurred last Saturday night.
The attack on the terminal has led to an acute shortage of crude oil both for export and for local processing.
 The Forcados terminal accounts for over 400,000 barrels of crude oil exported daily and is ranked among the biggest terminals in the country.
The attack came a few days after President Muhammadu Buhari issued an order that more troops should be deployed to the Niger Delta region to protect oil installations.
In the statement, NDA said it enjoys support from Northern, Western and Eastern parts of the country.
The group, in the statement titled: “Operation Red Economy,” said its move was to protest the federal Government’s inability to tackle critical national issues including the anti-corruption war.
An official of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), who spoke under the condition of anonymity, disclosed that a high-powered delegation has been dispatched from Abuja to carry out an on-the-spot assessment on the affected installations.
Lt. Col. Isa Ado, the spokesman of the Joint Task Force codenamed Operation Pulo Shield, did not pick calls on his phone for confirmation of the incident. A senior military officer however confirmed the attack.
The Media Relations Manager of Shell, Mr. Precious Okolobo, in an email response to enquiries, said: “SPDC is investigating the source of a crude oil spill which was observed on water around Forcados Terminal on Sunday (February 14). This initial investigation will enable the company to quickly determine what suitable response is further needed.”
Among its 11 demands for peace in the region, NDA demanded for the immediate implementation of the report of the 2014 National Conference organised by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The group also demanded the immediate release of the detained leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, as directed by the courts.
It said: “We are a group of young Niger Deltans who have support from other parts of Nigeria, namely Northern, Western and Eastern parts.
“We have watched with keen interest, the way and manner in which the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government runs the affairs of this country, and we are not pleased with the way things are going.
“For instance, the so-called anti-corruption fight is directed at perceived enemies of the government, and those who are sympathetic to former President Goodluck Jonathan. We wonder why these persecutions, despite the peaceful manner Jonathan handed power over to the All Progressives Congress.”
“So far, the only two governorship elections that were conducted under this government were and still remain the most controversial elections in the history of this nation,” it said.
The group further demanded that: “The ownership of oil blocks must reflect 60 percent for the oil-producing people and 40% for the non-oil producing people. The only Nigerian Maritime University sited in the most appropriate and befitting place in Okerenkoko must start the 2015/2016 academic session, immediately.
“The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, should apologise to the Ijaws and the entire Niger Delta people for his careless and reckless statements about the siting of the University.
“The Ogoniland and indeed, all oil polluted lands in the Niger Delta must be cleaned up and compensation be paid to all oil-producing communities”.

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  • Peaceometer
    February 19, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Rule of engagement will be apply.

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  • Ali
    February 19, 2016 at 11:31 am

    how I wish u people shall blow up all d pipeline so that all d refineries will be shut down so that Nigeria will stay without depending on oil

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  • gboyegaa
    February 19, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Who’s support do they get from the West and the North? You cowards, come out and tell the whole country that you have now taken to arms and face the full wrath of the Nigerian army.
    You dreamers, what is the difference between your group and ISIS or Gboko Haram, when you destroy what brings money to the country as a whole and thereby spilling oil all over the land that you say you are protecting. What kind of stuff do you have in your brains?
    This government is not one that can be scared to submission like that of Goodluck Jonathan that left unemployed graduates suffering but sponsoring the livelihood of thugs. Not a government that put criminals ahead of law abiding citizens.
    Nigeria will deal with you the way you have never seen before and those rogue politicians that are your under cover sponsors will very soon be your victims.

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  • gboyegaa
    February 19, 2016 at 11:47 am

    If you have forgotten, please go back memory lane or look for where to see the sufferings of our brothers and sisters in the east during the 1967 – 1970 war. At the same time no one in most parts of the North or South knew there was a war. This time around, you have sown so much hate that there is need to clear you idiots (not Igbos but these rogues) up once and for all time.
    When you praise a government that has exposed itself to stealing the nation dry and turning the whole country to noth and now disturbing a serious government from cleaning up the last one’s mess because you were beneficiaries of the loot of that government. No worries, very good the Nigerian army will join in your game and we all shall see the winner.
    You group is nothing but one full of terrorists and the Nigerian government and the whole world will deal with you as such.

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    • February 20, 2016 at 5:43 am

      Comment…Have u forget what this stupid man that called his name Buhari did when he was a PTF chairman, how he stoles money from d government during late Abacha? See we’ve came to know our self’s,Abacha created a Niger Delta and obasanjo created a south south and south east trying to caused problem in a PEACEFUL GREAT BIAFRA LANDS. So stop talking nonsense like ur stupid president buhari

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  • Livingstone
    February 19, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Great men blow up every fucking oil in dis country,forget about this motherfucker.

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  • My Phat
    February 19, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Comment…whether u like it or not the ZOO must fall. Nigeria is sick let us face the reality. We are not 0ne and we will not be 1. All hail Biafra.

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  • February 19, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Comment…pls nigerians beware of more chaos that will emanate from both sides when the federal Government will be trying to tackle this new set of millitants the boko haram will also cease the opportuniy to do more harms than never before.

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    • February 20, 2016 at 7:19 am

      I beg give me a break, you think a serious government will allow a destructive group to go unpunished because by dealing with it, another will come up. If the government handles the crisis squarely, no group would have the guts to even think along that line talk less of engaging in it.
      This is a serious government mind you.

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  • February 19, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    I pity you this people, no amnesty no mercy, you better look for work to do before the hot hand of nigeria army reach you if you think the only way to survived is to intimidate the day gorverment…..there wll be no mercy this time around you lazy dogs

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  • king
    February 19, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Foolish hausa yoruba

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  • king
    February 19, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Nigeria is nothing but a zoo

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  • SPECIAL COMMANDO
    February 19, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    gboyegaa you are talking like a mad dog when you can see that their demand is genuine,and the govt of the day is one sided,tribalistic and with hatred,let me tell you that 90% of whole easterners supports them,let the nigerian army deal with boko haram ,this is just the begining,when the head of state is enjoying his travel allowances and the masses are suffering,infact this govt is an intimidation govt,no other acheivment ,am praying for them to survive with tangible achievments that can benefit the ,poor masses,

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  • truth
    February 19, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    this is just the beginning. wish u guys blow up every pipeline ,let’s see how the pedophile and child rapist like buhari will steal our oil. how can the north depend on the oil in south. let him send more of his boko haram boys called soldiers. a corrupt man fighting corruption. Nigeria will have no peace,unless we separate ,we are not the same. can’t the north please live us alone. more boko haram qr in aba now with weapons. this is totally stupid, they should be in sambisa forest by now.buhari plan to wipe south south and south east have started. but it won’t be what he expected.

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  • stalk
    February 19, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Comment…gboyega is so right. That game is an ill wind that blows no side any good. How many battalions do the so called avengers have? The govt of Buhari enjoys not only national but international support for its probity. Morality is the power that wins war in modern times and Buhari has tons of it. Nigeria hardly even needs the crude oil to survive as we speak! Let’s look before we leap!

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  • February 19, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    They are digging there own grave,

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  • Socrates
    February 19, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    This government shld listen to them,pls

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  • fest us
    February 19, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    When trouble sleep, yanga go wakem, wetin I dey find? Palaver. The so called new militant group should understand that their people will suffer. Boko haram has a vast area of land to run to but the Ijaws have no land and surely no place to hide. Secondly, the present government is not a government of settlement like Jonathans so, the militants should expect a raw deal. Buhari remains a military man and shall deal ruthlessly with any criminal who masquerades himself as a militant. There is surely. no support from any quarter. They should think of something else to do.

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    • selflum
      February 19, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      I sincerely believe that the leaders in the Niger Delta are seriously sleeping. If they are not i want to call their attention to what can consume them all. They should have an emergency stake holder’s meeting to correct their lunatic youth to order. Their son JEG set Nigeria on fire and yet this irresponsible youth still want to add more fuel. Remember that you are the ones that will suffer most.

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    • February 19, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      did we still have president in this country? Buhari is not a Nigeria president, he is a scout and on scouting mission. I pray they should blow up all oil export installations bcos there of no value to the Niger delta region

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  • Evangelist Ndife,Awkuzu
    February 19, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Evil wants to take over the land.Nigeria as a country and other parts of the world must seek for God’s intervention.The land is drunk of human blood and it needs cleansing.All must turn to living God else,there will be no solution.No matter how strong you are,without God’s intervention there is no way.Hatred has separated the people of the land.

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  • SAMMYSOCRATES
    February 19, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    THIS GROUP INTEREST ME, THEY NEED MORE IDEOLOGICAL STAND TO GIVE NIGERIA A GOOD SHAPE.IF I AM OFERED THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THEM A MODERN REVOLUTIONARY GUARD, I WILL BE GLAD TO DO THAT.

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  • February 19, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    This is not a game of millitary might or supremacy because the poor masses will suffer most he should not create problems but be a problem solver and a hero with wisdom, no problems are settled under barrels of gun and that reminds me of what president Buhari said against formal president Jonathan during upper election that he will make his government ungovernable now his speach should hunt him. Nigerians are watching and hearing.

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  • February 19, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Comment… What we should know is that no body knows the creek well than this guys and the army should concentrate on boko haram war instead of embarking on war that may expose their ills the more remember some of these guys are literate not not like boko haram illiterates morons.

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  • February 19, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    where were your Nigeria military when the guys blowup the oil installations, this is just the beginning. the more military presence in niger delta, the more blowing of oil installations. that was a good one, cheers

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  • Uzo anyagu
    February 19, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Comment…nigeria and buhari have not seen ennything yaet,they will keep him beuzy till 2019 wy becaurse pikin way say him mama nogo sleep him two nogo sleep .

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  • udoka
    February 19, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    The worst and most dangerous thing than can happen to a people is when the leaders tell lies to their citizens and erroneously believe that they are in control of situations when in reality they are not.

    Nigerians should know that we are in real trouble with the present administration.

    The indications are very clear; (1) Boko Haram war in the North,
    (2). Biafra separatists in the East. (3) Ri-emergence of Niger Delta militant groups. As for the West, they are neither here nor there. Its just were it favors them most at the time in question they drift to.

    But my point here is that weather you believe it or not, the indications above with the corresponding militarization of regions that were hitherto peaceful by Buhari spelts doom for the nation.

    I believe he (Buhari) takes advise from security experts and from former heads of states. If he do, they must have told him that this is not the way to lead a nation and expect it to remain undivided. Or could it be he (Buhari) is the last president of Nigeria?

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  • udoka
    February 19, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    The worst and most dangerous thing than can happen to a people is when the leaders tell lies to their citizens and erroneously believe that they are in control of situations when in reality they are not.

    Nigerians should know that we are in real trouble with the present administration.

    The indications are very clear; (1) Boko Haram war in the North,
    (2). Biafra separatists in the East. (3) Ri-emergence of Niger Delta militant groups. As for the West, they are neither here nor there. Its just were it favors them most at the time in question they drift to.

    But my point here is that weather you believe it or not, the indications above with the corresponding militarization of regions that were hitherto peaceful by Buhari spells doom for the nation.

    I believe he (Buhari) takes advise from security experts and from former heads of states. If he do, they must have told him that this is not the way to lead a nation and expect it to remain undivided. Or could it be he (Buhari) is the last president of Nigeria?

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  • Christopher Okechukwu
    February 19, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Comment…Nnamdi KANU deserved to be bail out

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    • Christopher Okechukwu
      February 20, 2016 at 7:18 am

      oh iam sory, Nnamdi. Kanu is a criminal, double pasport carier, wants to destablise nigeria and smugle hmself out the way he came in!

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  • February 19, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    @ gboyegaa. Suffering caused by ur kinsman.. The greatest war criminal, awolowo!
    I am so sorry to tell u that 21st century has brought a lot of tactics to kick out a tyrant.
    Are u aware that not one chief or king own a filling station in the entire old eastern region? But check out the emirs & the old senile Generals with their collaborators all own oil blocks via secretive OML & OPL liecences..
    The British knew a day like this will come that is why they ve being secretly divesting their assets,they won’t want to be caught in the middle of a sectarian war over oil. The one they stole will go a long way to sustain them

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  • February 19, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    @ festus did i hear u say the pampers president is a military man? Are u aware he almost chicken out of aso rock two weeks ago thinking his boko boys were coming for him in tinted glass hilux?
    People who claim to be mean are often the greatest cowards. Bring the pampers president close to a woman & see hw he will figet like a demented monsters stroked with autism.
    Remb that lady in the media chat? Did u see hw that brown envelop moderator from Channels Tv was doing his best to save the pampers president from weeing in his bariga.
    Oooo i forgot,his Death Squad was not handy to poison the lady for her audacity to question the only tyrant president who enter the army on the strength of a letter sent to quota system recruiting armforce….

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  • ibeta
    February 19, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Comment…na wa oO. PMB pls b careful d way u handle dis militant,if u use force d whole tin will get complicated.at dis rate if d guys continue to strike dia will b no money to finance ur fake change budget oo,na suffer b dat naija. PMB I beg begin actualise CONFAB dats d best change naija need,make militant,Boko haram n BiaFra issues b foregone.

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  • ibeta
    February 19, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Comment…na wa oO. PMB pls b careful d way u handle dis militant,if u use force d whole tin will get complicated.at dis rate if d guys continue to strike dia will b no money to finance ur fake change budget oo,na suffer b dat naija. PMB go for CONFAB

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  • ibeta
    February 19, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Comment…na wa oO. PMB pls b careful d way u handle dis militant,if u use force d whole tin will get complicated.at dis rate if d guys continue to strike dia will b no money to finance ur fake change budget oo,na suffer b dat naija. PMB go for CONFAB,listen oo.I fear for naija,God dey oo

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  • Emmy
    February 19, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Comment…that’s a very good comment for all of you; but, gboyega or what’s “er you call urself look b/4 you lip.

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  • omahaba
    February 20, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Who cares what the self acclaimed niger delta militants do to pollute and degrade thier enviroment in the name of struggle for settlement from buhari.
    They should realise that this man is a product of millitary organisation unlike jonathan who bugs at any sound from the gun.
    Let them go on destroying thier fishing and farmland with oil spillage and we shall see who suffers.Ewuuuuuuuuuuuu………

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  • February 20, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Nigerian amy should recruite more personals now!

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  • May 6, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks again for the concern of the niger deltans militants, this is to show that we’re not fools in Niger delta.

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