Niger Delta Avengers has again blown up another of Nigeria’s crude oil pipeline, operated by ExxonMobil.
The spokesperson of the the militant group, Brig.Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, announced their most recent ‘exploit’ in a statement made available to NAIJ.com. The NDA said:
“At about 7:30pm the Niger Delta Avengers blow up ExxonMobile Qua Iboe 48″ crude oil export pipeline. When will these International Oil companies (IOC) learn to listen. We (Niger Delta Avengers) said no export.”
However, in a swift reaction on Tuesday, the oil company denied the claim.
Speaking through the company’s spokesman, Todd Spitler, ExxonMobil said: “There were no attacks on our facilities”.
In a recent interview with Vanguard, the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, had sternly stated that it will continue to fight attempts to export crude oil from the region. Excerpts below:
“This phase of our struggle encapsulates our determination to ensure that the petro-dollar from the Niger Delta is not used to develop the 97 per cent (95 per cent ) of those President Buhari claimed voted for him as against the five per cent he said did not vote for him and are not worthy of a Maritime University. Therefore, it is not a coincidence as far as the Niger Delta struggle is concerned.”
“In the first instance, we suspended hostilities in good faith to see if the government of the day was sincerely speaking when it announced its dialogue initiative. That was why for strategic reasons we did not make open declaration of our cessation of hostilities. We wanted to watch and to show Nigerians and the world the insincerity of the government’s dialogue plans.
“Until we resumed operations, nobody reached out to us and government did not establish any genuine platform to address our grievances. Until President Buhari takes our demands seriously and set up a genuine framework to address the Niger Delta question, we will continue to obstruct all avenues to export our crude oil to develop his 97 per cent (95 per cent).”
The Avengers attack on ExxonMobil pipeline will only be a means of expressing the seriousness of their warning, if it is later confirmed to be true.