Niger Delta militants have again attacked another major oil delivery line belonging to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, blowing up the facility at Ogor-Oteri in the Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.
A local community source told our correspondent that the attack was heralded by heavy explosions during Tuesday’s downpour at about 3am.
A militant group, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, which threatened to attack oil facilities in the upland parts of the region, claimed responsibility for the attack.
The group, in a statement by its spokesman, Aldo Agbalaja, on Tuesday, stated, “At about 0300hrs of today, Tuesday, August 30, 2016, the uproot team B of the NDGJM brought down the Ogor-Oteri major delivery line Operated by NPDC/Shoreline.”
The statement asked oil companies, operating in the region, to evacuate their workers from the Warri and Port Harcourt Refineries so as to avoid heavy casualty in a series of attacks in the coming days.
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It also announced that the Pigging Manifold in Agbarha, the country home of the Ibru family, had also been marked for attack.
It read, “To this end, we are alerting all those working in the UQCC/UPS Erhomukokwarien in Ughelli, Eriemu Pigging Manifold in Agbarha, Otorogun Gas Plant, Olomoro Flow Station, Warri Refinery, Port Harcourt Refinery, Eleme, Ob-Ob And Obite Gas Plants in Omoku to evacuate because what is coming to those facilities are beyond what anybody has seen before.
“We do not want innocent blood being spilled; therefore, we advise all indigenes living in the vicinities of the facilities to relocate for the time being.”
The group also condemned some leaders in the region, who it accused of pursuing selfish interest for pecuniary gains.
It added, “Those in the field, just for the money, will quickly rush to align with the Pa E. K. Clark’s arrangement because they were, as a matter of fact, created by some of the people co-travelling with Clark.
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“We want to reiterate our lack of confidence in the Clark-led arrangement. Chief Clark is not the leader of the whole of Niger Delta; he can hold the front for the Ijaw nation but definitely not for all the ethnic nations in the region.”
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