Militants destroy NPDC facility in Delta, threaten more attacks

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Ovie Okpare, Warri

A crude oil delivery line belonging to the Nigerian
Petroleum Development Company and crossing
Afiesere-Iwhrenene communities in Ughelli North
Council Area of Delta State has been blown up by
suspected militants.

A militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice
Mandate, claimed responsibility for the attack
which occurred at about 1am on Tuesday.
The spokesperson for the militant group, Aldo
Agbalaja, confirmed the development in a
statement sent to our correspondent.

Our correspondent also confirmed the attack from
local community sources at Afiesere.
The sources, who were part of the community
surveillance team that had gone to search for the
spot where the breach occurred, noted that the
incident had resulted in a massive spill into
farmlands.
One of the sources, who identified himself as
Tobore, told our correspondent that the attack was
not carried out through detonative devices but
rather with saw machine.
According to him, the delivery line had only been
reopened for operation last weekend by NPDC
officials, after it was bombed some months ago.
As of 5:25pm on Tuesday, the pipeline was still
spilling crude into the farms situated around the
area.
A military source, who pleaded not to be
mentioned, also confirmed the attack to our
correspondent.
But the group, called Greenland, threatened further
attacks. It disclosed that the Tuesday attack was
carried out as part of ‘Operation Crocodile Tears’,
a planned series of attacks on oil facilities which it
declared earlier.
It said, “As a mark of our faith to totally ground the
Nigerian oil economy, the gallant “Opudo” strike
forces brought down the Afiesere- Iwhrenene
major delivery line in Ughelli North, leading to the
UPS/UQCC operated by NPDC/SHORELINES at
about 1am today, September 13, 2016.
“The Niger Delta is not a conquered territory and
our people have never succumbed to intimidation
before, rather we match force with the oppressor’s
brutality.
“The Nigerian government should already know
that the people of this part are not fools, who will
not be able to see when they are being treated
with disdain.”
The militant group reiterated its call to those living
and working around oil companies within the
upland region of the Niger Delta to vacate such
premises to avoid being injured during attacks.
Warning that it was running out of patience with
such people, the group said, “For the last time,
leave these areas if you love your lives.”

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