A militant group known as NigerDelta Avengers, has threatened to blow up more oil pipelines in the Niger Delta region of the country. The militant group which has taken responsibility for blowing up the Forcados Terminal Pipeline recently, has served notice of attacks on more oil installations in the region if the Federal Government does not address its grievances.
The group said it was prepared to reduce Nigeria’s daily oil production and supply to zero barrel if its agitation was ignored. According to a report obtained in Warri on Monday, the group admitted bombing Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Forcados terminal and threatens to bomb many more.
“Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Forcados terminal is our latest casualty. There are many more to follow in the days and weeks ahead. The same factor that brought about the Niger Delta arms struggle is fast resurfacing as the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is poised to exterminate Niger Delta people for being benevolent enough to allow the nation’s mono-economy thrive on our oil.”
The group said they chose to be be the outlaws the country have to contend with because they are being oppressed and pushed on various fronts.
“We are being oppressed, pushed to the wall on various fronts, which is why we have picked up the challenge to be the outlaws this government will have to contend with till daily production of oil is reduced to zero in the Niger Delta, so government can use the oil from the North to run Nigeria’s mono-economy.
“We believe that Nigeria can practice true federalism where our resources will be controlled by us and used for our own good. The reverse is the case today, where the goose that lays the golden egg is killed along with the egg.”
Recently, about 1,500 Niger Delta militants expressed willingness to embrace amnesty and surrender arms to the Federal Government, provided the government remained sincere.
They said their decision was prompted by the intervention of Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and therefore shouldn’t be seen as an act of cowardice but of patriotism.
Condemning the recent bombings of oil pipelines in the region, President Mohammadu Buhari vowed that his administration will deal decisively with the seeming resurgence of oil theft, pipeline vandalism and insecurity in the Niger Delta.