Niger Delta Militants blow up another oil facility

Niger Delta militants have attacked a strategic crude oil platform located in Abiteye, Warri North council area of Delta State. The oil platform, belonging to United States Energy giant, Chevron (CVX.N), was attacked late yesterday amid growing concerns of revived militancy in the oil rich Niger Delta.

The Niger Delta Avengers group claimed responsibility for the attack. The group was also behind the Shell (RDSa.L) pipeline in February which shut down the 250,000 barrel-a-day Forcados export terminal. They have threatened to attack oil facilities in Lagos and Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“We want to pass this message to the all international oil companies operating in the Niger Delta that the Nigeria Military can’t protect their facilities.

“They should talk to the federal government to meet our demands else more mishaps will befall their installations. Until our demands are met, no repair works should be done at the blast site.

“Not until, our demands are met no repair works should be done at the blast site. Whoever that is going there for any repair work will be doing that at their detriment. The high command of the Niger Delta Avengers wants to use this medium to thank strike team 6 for successfully blowing up of the chevron valve platform. And we are ready to protect the Niger Delta people.”

This latest attack is just one in a series of attacks on oil facilities in Africa’s top oil exporter. President Muhammadu Buhari had vowed to crack down on individuals and sponsors attacking oil facilities in the Delta region.

A Navy spokesperson, Chris Ezekobe, said “The attack occurred about 40 nautical miles from the Escravos terminal, around the southern city of Warri.” The oil company is yet to respond to a request for comment.

Ezekobe said militants had “blown up” the facility but did not say which militant group was responsible. There were no immediate details of any casualties.

Ezekobe further stated that the oil facility is a key linking point connecting many other oil facilities from where Chevron feeds other of its oil farms in the Niger Delta region.