An oil pipeline operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC in Delta State has exploded into flames on restful Sunday morning, November 27.
Though no group has claimed responsibility, oil pipeline bombing has become a notorious activities of militants in the Niger Delta region. According to the chairman of Ughelli South council, Mr. Paul Etaga who confirmed the incident, the pipeline popularly known as Abura line, was bombed at about 7:30am.
The chairman, in company of the Commanding Officer 222 battalion, Agbaraha-Otor, Lt. Col U. S Abdulsalam, the Ughelli South Division Police Officer, Oghenedoro Samuel and heads of other security agencies in the area visited the scene of the blast. Etaga informed that the inferno was extinguished by fire fighters from the Otor-ogun Gas plant in Ughelli South.
Speaking further on the security protocols conducted so far on the bombing incident, Mr. Etaga said:
“Though no arrest has been made, the security agencies are currently investigating the incident and are on the heels of the perpetrators so as to bring them to book.”
This obviously seem like a pay back since the bombardment of militant‘s camp at Okosugbene Creek in Delta state, which left dozens of militants dead. During the early morning (6:00am) ambush by security forces, several gunshots left locals living in the area in panic and scampering for safety.
Recall the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Kachikwu had on Tuesday, November 22, announced increase in oil output from 900,000 to 1.9 million barrel per day, which was a welcomed development amidst economic hardship in Nigeria.
However, amidst numerous rebel activities and sabotage of the nations natural source of wealth, one might have to accept that the current recession is definitely far from over.