We ’ll shock the world soon, say Avengers as militants hit oil facility again

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has destroyed a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) close to the Batan community, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State in its latest assault on the economy.

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It threatened  to carry out a bigger   attack that  ”will shock the whole world,” and  said it had no interest in dialoguing with government.

The group in a  tweet after the Thursday night attack said: “At 11:45pm on Thursday, @NDAvengers blew up other #NNPC gas and crude trunkline close to Warri. Pipeline that was heavily guarded by military.”

In another tweet,it said:”The Niger Delta Stakeholders’ meeting is an insult to the people of the Niger Delta. What we need is a sovereign state, not pipeline contracts. To IOCs, indigenous oil companies and the Nigerian military:  watch out, something big is about to happen, and it will shock the whole world.”

Two stakeholders in the area, an environmental activist, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, and the spokesperson of the Ijaw Youths Congress (IYC), Eric Omare, confirmed the development.

“There was an explosion about 11:15pm, but we have not been able to ascertain the exact point. It was around this area. We have two pieces of information. One says it was around Bennet Island, the other says it was Batan. We need to be very concrete with our information”, Mulade said.

But Omare said: “It was at the back of Batan, Warri South-West. I think the facility should belong to the NNPC”.

Although there was no official security confirmation of the incident, as none of the top security operatives who could make comments on it were unavailable, a reliable senior naval officer confirmed that an explosion had been recorded close to the Egwa 1 area which is the oil field the Batan community belongs to.

The insurgent group, which has in recent times cost Nigeria’s crude oil output and gas production huge losses, yesterday threatened more devious actions and rejected dialogue in tweeted message.

The Batan attack came on the heels of Thursday’s attack by the group on Chevron’s Abiteye line in the Warri South West Local Government Area ,Delta State which has grounded the multinational company’s entire swamp operations in the state. .

Claiming responsibility for that attack, the NDA tweeted: “We warned Chevron,but they didn’t listen.@NDAvengers just blew up the Escravos tank farm main electricity feed pipeline”.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr.Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, said on Thursday that the amnesty programme for former militants, signed in 2009 to end a previous insurgency, needed to improve.

A committee set up by the  Delta State leaders warned on Thursday that a military approach would not work and saw “an apparent consensus that the federal government and oil companies have neglected the grievances of local communities”.

Nigeria is now producing less than 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd), less than Angola and well below the 2.2 million bpd assumed in the 2016 state budget.

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11 Comments

  1. IPOB means nothing to this country, IPOB has been wailing since the time of John the Baptist and Nigeria never felt any impact of their travails. ND Avengers…. See how just a month impact has brought the country to a halt.

  2. Keeping tabs on these guys and securing pipelines, shouldn’t be a brain surgery.
    The government should acquire military drones that will man these pipelines.

  3. These hoodlums wouldn’t stop this their stupidity till they get the “Obasanjo” treatment”
    They had all the chance in the world to free themselves during the civil war,but they foolishly joined forces with the born to rule Hausa/Fulani to thwart the Biafran dream

  4. What else will they do? They are free to blow up all the pipelines and oil installations within their region. They are the first stakeholders, the first beneficiaries and the consequences of the blow up is also their own cup of tea. The environmental degradation is enormously destructive to the economy system. I wish the nation can peacefully break up so that the arrogance of one group over the other can end. Who needs oil to survive: definitely not the SW. Our most precious asset and resources are the knowledge based thinking which the craze for oil money has sedated over the years. We are waiting for the Niger Delta Avengers worst act of self destruct. All I know is that they will never be allowed to have nuclear capabilities… As regards destruction of oil installations, they are the one that will be shocked at the end of the game.

    • Please ND Avengers, don’t stop, let see who suffers at the end of the game. Selfish people. Abeg go if u want to go

  5. Please, govt should listen to their demand. Its very said to see how abuja looks compare to niger delta where 90% of the funding comes. Am nt from niger delta but the injustice is too much. At least, let niger delta look like 80% of Abuja. Imagine additional passport office to be open in kano, then ask urself how many international flights operates in kano. Just ways of scattering tge wealth from south. No problem, they should start using the crude from chad basin since they have discovered oil there, shameless fulanis. All oil platform in niger delta should be blown off including the offshore rigs. Arrogant fulanis should know that nigeria of today is nt nigeria of 1980s. No peace without independent state of Niger delta.

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