Following claims by the Niger Delta militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, that it blew up a Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil pipeline at Eleme which leads to the Nigeria Liquefied National Gas, NLNG in Bonny Island, Rivers state yesterday, the Eleme Youth Council (EYC) has denied the claims saying that it is false.
The Avengers in a statement it wrote on its Facebook page on Wednesday, had claimed responsibility for blowing up a pipeline belonging NNPC operating in the area. The statement read:
NDavengers: “By 3.00 am, yesterday, strike team 2, carried out a major strike, bombing NNPC pipeline at Eleme leading to NLNG. You won’t stop us.”
However, the President of Eleme Youth Council, Prince Brian Emere Gokpawho, spoke to journalists yesterday, July 7, in Port Harcourt said the report by the militant group was a figment of the imagination of mischief makers, who want to portray Eleme in bad light. He said:
“The attention of Eleme Youth Council World-wide has been drawn to an online publication that the Niger Delta Avengers blew up pipelines in Eleme local government area.
“This information is not true; it is unfounded and baseless. It is the imagination of mischief makers whose aim is to project Eleme as a terrible local government area.”
The EYC President also called on youths in the area to pursue peace and stay away from criminal activities. According to him, Eleme local government area is relatively peaceful and no person or group of persons should give false alarm about security situation in the area.
Prince Brian further ceased the opportunity to warn all criminal elements in the area to abstain from such acts as the council and the youth body will not fold their hands and watch miscreants take over their area as they have what it takes to confront any crime in their local government area.