Urhobo/Isoko militant group, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM), yesterday claimed responsibility for the bombing of the 32-inch Effurun-Otor delivery line operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).
The group said in a statement signed by its spokesman, Aldo Agbalaja, said its action was in protest against the pan-Niger Delta Forum headed by Chief Edwin Clark that will be meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari tomorrow.
According to THISDAY, the attack was carried out on a disused trunkline abandoned by NPDC.
The group claimed that its Akuma Strike Team brought down the trunkline at about 11.30pm last Saturday in furtherance of its Operation Hammurabi Code.
“At about 23:30hour of October 29, in furtherance of the Operation Hammurabi Code, our Akuma Strike Team struck and brought down the 32-inch Effurun-Otor delivery line.
“This is not ending soon; we shall fulfill our promise of uprooting your entire assets in our land.”
NDGJM reiterated its belief that the pan-Niger Delta Forum led by that was a job and can never get the militant group’s support. It declared:
“We are reiterating our unflinching belief that the pan-Niger Delta Forum, being coordinated by Clark, is a job and therefore can never get our support.”
The group said it is not opposed to a genuine dialogue between the federal government and real representatives of the various nations of our region.
“We are collecting names from the nations in the region, those who will sincerely and equitably represent our various peoples.”
The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited (NPDC), with Head office in Benin City and base offices/warehouses in Port Harcourt and Warri for logistics support, was established in 1988 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the NNPC with responsibility for Petroleum Exploration and Production activities.
NPDC activities cover the spectrum of the upstream oil and gas business from exploration to abandonment. Operations are concentrated mainly in the Niger Delta and span five States (Imo, Edo, Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers).