N'Delta Avengers Blow Up Another Export Pipeline In Delta
The Niger Delta Avengers on Wednesday claimed it has blown up another Trans Forcados Export Pipeline in the creeks of Warri South West Council Area of Delta State.
This is coming barely 24 hours after operatives of the Operations Delta Safe around Batan community repelled them from carrying out a similar attack on another pipeline that fields the Forcados Export Terminal operated by Shell/ Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) with crude on Tuesday.
The attack occurred 10:45pm on Tuesday night.
The spokesman for Avengers, Mudoch Agbinibo, confirmed the attack in series of tweets on his Twitter handle on Wednesday, adding that the attack was to warn oil companies in the Niger Delta region where militants have being this from carrying out repair works on any damaged line.
The tweets read,
A senior military officer attached to the Joint Task Force in the region confirmed Tuesday’s night attack but decline to give details.
The Oriental Times
9 November 09, 2016
8th November 2016
Niger Delta militants on Tuesday bombed a state-run oil pipeline near the southern port city of Warri, the second attack within a week, a community leader and army officer said.
“The line which was undergoing repair after the previous attack … was billed for commissioning either today or tomorrow,” before the latest attack, chairman of Batan community Dickson Ogugu told AFP.
He said four surveillance guards deployed to protect the Trans Forcados export line narrowly escaped death after the militants opened fire on them.
“The militants after chasing them from the spot came down from their speedboat, planted dynamite on swamp boogie, barge, crane and on the line,” he said.
“Unfortunately, only the dynamite on the barge exploded and immediately sank into the water. As I speak to you, the military are at the scene of the incident trying to dismantle the other dynamites.”
An army officer, who did not want to be named, confirmed the incident.
“We heard the shots in the middle of the night, but as you know, we do not patrol the area at night, so there was nothing we could do,” he said.
The line has been previously targeted by rebels.
Last week, the line was bombed just hours after President Muhammadu Buhari met with representatives of militant groups in the Niger delta to discuss how to end the unrest wracking the region.
The state-owned Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) operates the pipeline which receives crude from the Batan flowstation and feeds the Forcados export terminal.
Since the start of the year, several militant groups have attacked oil facilities, slashing the nation’s output and hammering revenues.
The militants claim to be seeking a fair share of the nation’s oil wealth for local residents as well as political autonomy for the region.
The government has launched peace talks with the rebels to end the violence.