Few hours after Niger Delta elders presented their case to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Niger Delta Avengers have reportedly taken out a major export pipeline.
The Trans Forcados export line was attacked today at about 3:45am
“The attack was carried out with the aid of dynamite and it is coming less than 48 hours after the resumption of operations at the flow station.
The pipeline was attacked in July and had only resumed operation at the weekend following repairs.
Dickson Ogugu, chairman of Batan community where the pipeline is based, confirmed the incident, saying a surveillance team had identified the site of the attack.
“The entire river is flooded with contents from the damaged trunk line and we are at the receiving end.”
The line is operated by the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) and receives crude from Batan near Warri.
Since February, several militant groups have attacked oil facilities, slashing the nation’s output and hammering revenues.
Following peace talks in Abuja chaired Tuesday by the president, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu said the country’s oil production was returning to normal.
“The reality is that as of today and this morning, we are at 2.1 million barrels production. That’s substantial,” he said.
Avengers’ spokesperson, Brigadier General Mudoch Agbinibo confirmed the attacks.
“Today at about 3:45am our strike team 06 took down Chevron Escravos export pipeline at Escravos offshore.
“This action is to further warn all IOCs’ that when we warn that there should be no repairs pending negotiation/dialogue with the people of the Niger Delta, it means there should be no repairs.
“Any attempt to use dialogue to distract us so as to allow the free flow of our oil will halt the dialogue process.