Oil exploration
Oil exploration

There has been palpable panic at different sections of the country following revelation of planned attacks on oil installations by resurgent Niger Delta militants.
Last week, a new group of militants, Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, issued threat of bombing oil facilities in Lagos and other parts of the country, leading the military to move troops heavily to the Niger Delta region.
Notwithstanding, latest information has it that pipelines supplying oil and gas to Bonny Terminal and the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Co, NLNG, will be among the next targets the Niger Delta Avengers are planning to attack in days to come.
This was revealed by Niger Delta activist and former state security adviser to the government of Rivers State, Chief Godknows Anabs Sara-Igbe.
In a press statement made available to Nigerian Pilot in Abuja, the prominent Ijaw chief warned that government must act immediately to end the renewed insurgence in the Niger Delta as the perpetrators intend to cripple economic activities in the country.
“The country is likely to witness another round of unrest in the Niger Delta that will greatly affect the oil and gas export, supply of gas to the power stations and the expected revenue from the oil and gas sector in the 2016 budget.
“Their goal is to ensure that the exploration, production and export of oil and gas in the Niger Delta region are disrupted, and to also collaborate with the other organisations across the country to disturb the peace in the country under the present Administration, as a retaliation of what Boko Haram of the North East did under the President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Administration,” Sara-Igbe warned.
He warned further that the militants had acquired sophisticated weapons and equipment like gunboats, surface to air missiles, machine guns, rifles, explosives and hardware amongst others to prosecute their agenda, and that their main strategy was not to confront the security agencies in a shoot-out but carryout guerrilla warfare that would bring down the federal government on its knees by destroying strategic installations and facilities in the oil and gas sector.
Other facilities being targeted for destruction, according to the statement, include the Bonny Terminal and Tank Farm, the NLNG’s facilities in Bonny, the Brass Tank Farm and Terminal, Forcados Terminal and facilities, Wellington Terminal and facilities, and the Pennington Terminal and facilities.
Others are the Escravos Terminal and facilities, Ibom Tank Farm and Terminal, major pipelines supplying oil and gas to the refineries and power stations, and the Soku Gas Plant and facilities.
Sara-Igbe therefore called on the federal government to take immediate and urgent steps to ensure all this destruction is not carried out, and also advised the people of the region to desist from these acts as it would at the same time work against the region itself.
“I most respectfully advise the people of the Niger Delta, particularly the group that calls themselves Niger Delta Avengers, to realise that the destruction of pipelines and oil facilities will have an adverse effect on the Niger Delta region, because when you spill oil, the environment is damaged, the land is polluted and our communities are subjected to more hardship.
“This will also affect the national economy to the extent that government may not be able to carry out her civic responsibilities to every part of the country, including the Niger Delta,” he advised.


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