“The Bayelsa State Government has condemned in its entirety the attack on a trunk line belonging to Agip (ENI) by (a) new militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers”, it said in a statement.
Militants bombed a pipeline feeding electricity to Chevron’s Escravos terminal Thursday, shutting down the USA -based oil major’s onshore operations in Nigeria, the attackers and residents said.
The new militant group also said it has rejected a peace move launched by the Nigerian government on Thursday to end the violence in the region, demanding instead for “a Sovereign State not pipeline contracts”.
In a brief message sent out yesterday via email, the Niger Delta Avengers stated that it destroyed the trunkline belonging to the NNPC at about 11:45pm at a location close to Warri, failing to name a specific location. “To IOCs, Indigenous Oil Companies and the Nigerian military; watch out, something big is about to happen and it will shock the whole world”, it said. The spokesman for the joint military tasks force in the area, Isa Ado, could not be immediately reached for comments, but security sources and residents in the area confirmed the attack.
Ijaw leader, Chief Godspower Gbenekama, who confirmed the attack on Oporoza, said: “Information available to me is that the military invaded Oporoza again in the early hours of today”.
Nigeria’s oil production had already fallen from a projected 2.2 million barrels a day to 1.4 million barrels before the latest attacks on the oil industry in southern Nigeria, including three within the past week on facilities of the US oil major Chevron.
But Omare said: “It was at the back of Batan, Warri South-West”.
“The Niger Delta stakeholders’ meeting is an insult to the people of the Niger Delta”.
Earlier attacks attributed to NDA this week have seen Chevron and Nigeria’s state-owned oil and gas infrastructure blown up.
“We warned Chevron but they didn’t listen”.
Like other groups before it, the NDA wants a fairer share of oil revenues for the impoverished and polluted southern region.
“This has effectively cut off supplies and exports, there are lots of oil companies who have said that they can not deliver some of the promised goods to customers or buyers outside the country”.