A militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, has again attacked and destroyed oil facility belonging to Chevron Nigeria limited, in Warri South West ouncil area of Delta State.
The blown up facility was a Valve Platform in Abiteye, which occurred at about 10:40pm on Wednesday.
Chevron’s Public Affairs Manager, Deji Haastrup could not be reached for comments on the incident, but an official of the Department of Security Services, DSS who spoke on anonymity, confirmed the incident adding that the platform was totally destroyed with the use of dynamites.
The attacked platform is a major connecting point where all other platforms link up and serves as a fulcrum to Chevron BOP and the Chevron Tank farm thereby halting all operations of the company in the region.
In a statement, the Niger Delta Avengers, claimed responsibility, also threatened to attack oil facilities in Lagos and Abuja, the nation’s capital.
“We want to pass this message to all international oil companies operating in the Niger Delta that the Nigerian Military can’t protect their facilities. They should talk to the Federal Government to meet our demands else more mishaps will befall their installations”
“Until our demands are met, no repair works should be done at the blast site,” the group added.
It could be recalled that ex-militant leader in the oil-rich region, High Chief Government Ekpemukpolo (Tompolo) recently cried out that he should be counted out of the new militant group, Niger Delta Avengers.
He had said that some elements were trying to link him to the new militant group.