An official of the DSS has confirmed, on anonymity, that the Chevron Valve Platform in Abiteye, Warri North council area of Delta State has been blown by Niger Delta militants. The incident it was gathered occurred at about 10:40pm on Wednesday.
Deji Haastrup, Chevron’s Public Affairs Manager was not on hand at the time of the reports to confirm the incident. It is understood that the platform was destroyed using explosives. The platform is understood to be a major connecting point where all other platforms link up. It serves as a fulcrum to Chevron BOP and the Chevron Tank farm. Following its destruction, all operations of the company in the region has been grounded to a halt.
The Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group in the region in a statement on Wednesday night claimed responsibility for the strike in line with fulfilling its promise to the Nigerian government to cripple the economy. The group had earlier on claimed responsibility for destroying the Forcados 48-inch Export Pipeline. They also threatened to follow up the attacks by attacking more oil facilities in Lagos and the capital city of Abuja. This comes after series of attacks by Fulani herdsmen threw the nation into a state of unrest and agitation. The federal government, a slow as ever, however is yet to issue any official response to the matter. This comes at a time of severe national economic crisis amidst low oil prices, failed budgetary processes and incessant terror attacks.
“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.”