- As Niger Delta Avengers attack NNPC, Chevron, other oil pipelines
The respite from attacks on the country’s oil installations enjoyed in the past weeks was cut short yesterday the Niger Delta Avengers early Sunday morning claimed that they have attacked five oil pipelines in the Niger Delta area.
The claims were made via their twitter handle between late Saturday and Sunday morning.
In their tweets, the militants took responsibility for the destruction of the pipelines and congratulated their strike team.
The tweets said;
“At 9:15pm on Friday the @NDAvengers blow up Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Crude Oil Trunk Line to Warri Refinery.
“At 11:26pm on Saturday @NDAvengers blow up two NPDC major crude trunk lines close to Batan flowstation in Delta state.
“At 1:15am on Sunday @NDAvengers blow up two major Chevron crude oil trunk lines close to Abiteye flow station in Delta state.
“ALL FIVE OPERATIONS WAS CARRIED OUT BY @NDAvengers STRIKE TEAM. WELL DONE SOLDIERS.
“At 1:15am on Sunday @NDAvengers blow up two major Chevron Oil Wells. WELL 7 and WELL 8 close to Abiteye flow station in Delta state.”
The NDA also stated that there was no truth to the stories being carried that some of their men had been arrested by the DSS, claiming that the people apprehended were department moles arrested after they demanded for payment for the services they had rendered the DSS.
According to agency reports however, the NNPC, which owns the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, claimed it was not aware of the attacks.
There had been reports of dialogues between the federal government and the NDA aimed at forestalling the continuing blow to the economy following the unending attacks on oil and gas installations in the country. While the federal government has yet to come out openly to confirm or deny the reports, the NDA had consistently denied such move arguing that the group’s conditions for any form of cease fire are already in the public domain.
However, many worried Nigerians have unceasingly called on the militant group to lay down its arms and allow peace needed for rebuilding the country’s economy to prevail.
In a related development, Ijaw Youths Council, IYC, yesterday evening condemned the sabotage of oil and gas facilities.
In a swift reaction, the IYC in a statement by its spokesperson, Eric Omare, decried that the attacks were a setback to ongoing peace talks. He called on the group to halt attacks on oil installations to pave way for meaningful dialogue.
The statement read: “It is unfortunate and worrisome that there is a resumption of fresh attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region by the Niger Delta Avengers.
“The visit of the Minister for State, Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu’s to the creeks some weeks ago generated so much goodwill and commendation from the people of the region. The IYC had expected the federal government to take advantage of that goodwill to engage stakeholders on how to find short and long term solutions to the problem.
“IYC also call on the Niger Delta Avengers to halt further attacks on facilities considering the negative effects of the attacks on the Niger Delta environment and give room for constructive dialogue.”