Another crude oil pipeline belonging to Chevron Nigeria Limited has been blown up by suspected militants on Friday at Makaraba community, Gbaramatu clan, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State.
Five suspected militants have so far been arrested in connection with the bombing of the pipelines which was reportedly blown up at two points. Although, it has not been confirmed whether the apprehended suspects were members of Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, the militant group which had been on rampage in Delta state and other parts of the region.
But as at the time of filing this report, the group has not claimed responsibility for the attack as it did last week when a Chevron Valve Platform in Abiteye, Warri North council of the state went up in flames. The Niger Delta Avengers had previously threatened it would attack the headquarters of CNL in Lagos and tank farm if it did not abort its planned repair works on the Valve Platform earlier destroyed by the group, May 5.
The spokesperson of the group, Col Mudroch Agbinibo, added that the group, which had restricted itself to only pipeline attacks, might take human casualties if the company thought it was joking and defied the warning by going ahead to effect repairs on the damaged facility. The group warned:
“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.”
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The group had also threatened to secede and form an independent state of its own. It has also called on the United Nations to recognize its claims to an independent state.
“To the United Nations, we are not asking for much, but to free the people of the Niger Delta from environmental pollution, slavery, and oppression. We want a country that will turn the creeks of the Niger Delta to a tourism haven, a country that will achieve its full potentials, a country that will make health care system accessible by everyone.”