For two days in a row, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), ruptured two manifolds operated by NNPC. The manifolds are located in Batan community in Warri South West LGA of Delta State.
Avengers had blown up 5 oil installations on Sunday. They again blew up two more trunk lines belonging to NNPC and another oil facility operated by Chevron at Mararaba community in Gbaramatu Kingdom.
Security sources confirmed that the attacks happened between 10 p.m. and 11.20 p.m. on Monday night without any form of resistance from the military.
A succinct message released by Brigedier General Mudoch Agbinibo, the spokesperson for NDA reads “At 10pm Niger Delta Avengers blew up Chevron Well 10 close to Otunana flowstation.
“Other attacks was carried out at At 11:15pm Niger Delta Avengers blow up NPDC Manifold close to Banta and two PPMC/NNPC crude oil trunk Lines.”
Avengers have also widened their attack locales. The group released a statement stating that “Around 3.00 am, yesterday, strike team 2, carried out a major strike, bombing NNPC pipeline at Eleme leading to NLNG.
“You won’t stop us.
“For every life you take, we take two. We have our reason, we play cool, we are ready, and we must cripple the economy.”
As Avengers ramp up their upsurge against the Nigerian State, many groups have called for a truce.
The Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), joined other Nigerians to condemn the devious acts, which have revesred the oil gains Nigeria made in recent days.
According to CEPEJ, “The fundamental issues are clear: the people of the Niger Delta need development and remediation of their environment.
“There environment has been devastated by years of oil and gas exploration and exploitative activities.
“The politicians are the beneficiaries of the system.
“When they are fraternizing with the militants, on the one hand, they want to end the militancy, on the other.
“That is why we said the government should not make it a political talk, rather Niger Delta stakeholders at the grassroots should be involved,” it counselled.
“Otherwise government would create more room for other pseudo-groups to emerge.
“If the government wants to truly resolve the issues, it should involve critical leaders and not political stakeholders; otherwise it will be another jamboree and failed attempt.