Militants Strike Again, Bomb NNPC Facility in Rivers

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After sustained attacks on oil and gas facilities in Delta and Bayelsa states, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has claimed  it blew up a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline at Eleme leading to the Nigeria Liquefied National Gas (NLNG) in Rivers State.

The Avengers, on its Facebook page, maintained that it used the bombing of the NNPC pipeline to mark its shift of operations to Rivers State. 

You won’t stop us,” the group wrote on its Facebook page, NDAveneers. 
Before the Rivers attack, NDA posted at about 8:12p.m. on its Facebook page on Tuesday: “Another major pipe about to go up in flames! Brass, LNG, Boom.” It said any attack by the Nigerian Army might result to human casualties. “For every life you take, we take two. We have our reason, we play cool, we are ready, and we must cripple the economy.

Boom, Share,” the group added. The claim of the latest attack could not be confirmed by NNPC and security sources in the state. An official of the stateowned firm said that they were yet to detect the bombing of any pipeline in Eleme. But a source, who resides in Nchia, Eleme, said that there was actually an attack on NNPC pipeline in the border between Eleme and Okrika Local Government Area in the state, adding that the people of Okrika and Eleme lay claim to the area.

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, recently re-inaugurated the Port Harcourt/ Bonny Crude Supply Line at the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC), Eleme. The NDA had, between Friday and Sunday, blew five oil facilities belonging to the NNPC and Chevron Nigeria Limited in Delta State. Meanwhile, militants under the aegis of the Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC) have threatened to carry out more attacks on pipelines and flow stations in the coming days, to further drive their campaign for justice.

The agitators, who are championing the cause for resource control, also threatened to attack the Bayelsa State Government House, should Governor Seriake Dickson fail to settle the backlog of salaries owed workers. The group’s statement was signed by ‘General’ Torunanaowei Latei (Creek Network Coordinator); ‘General’ Agbakakuro Owei-Tauro (Pipeline Bleeding Expert); ‘General’ Akotebe Darikoro (Commander, General Duties) and ‘General’ Pulokiri Ebikade (Intelligence Bureau).

The fresh threat to attack strategic oil facilities came after a meeting the group held in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State. The group named the specific facilities slated to be attacked to include the oil and gas pipelines running from Ogboinbiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State to Obrinkon in Ikwerre LGA of Rivers State as well as the flow stations located at Ogboinbiri, Oporoma, Peremabiri, Tabidaba, Nembe, Brass, Chevron platform in Koluama, Okordia-Zarama and Biseni including Gbarain-Ubie gas gathering plant According to the group, these installations would be set ablaze because the oil companies were major hindrances to the development of the region.

The group warned persons staying within its target areas to vacate such places to avoid any loss of lives, insisting that its mission was not to kill anybody, but to cripple the economy of the country. “The Nigerian security agencies who are claiming they are securing the oil facilities in the region should stay in their dwelling places and see whether their safety will be guaranteed by the music on those days.

 

Posted on July, 7 2016

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