The spokesman for the Niger Delta Avengers, Brig. Gen Mudoch Agbinibom has issued a fresh statement with regards to the alleged bombing of Nigeria’s crude oil pipeline, operated by Exxon Mobil. In the short statement the militant group told the oil company to stop lying, saying:
“ExxonMobile can deny and fool the general public about their Export Pipeline blown yesterday. How long can they lie to their investors? Just in matter of days the whole world will see the truth. “Qua Iboe 48” crude oil export pipeline is down so said the Avengers.”
Recall that the NDA had announced the blowing up of Exxon Mobil crude export line in a statement titled “OTHER EXPORT PIPELINE BLOWN”, the militant group said :
“At about 7:30pm the Niger Delta Avengers blow up Exxon Mobile Qua Iboe 48″ crude oil export pipeline. When will these International Oil companies (IOC) learn to listen. We (Niger Delta Avengers) said no export.”
However, in a quick reaction, Exxon Mobil Corp said in the early hours of Tuesday, 12 July, that no attacks had taken place at its facilities.
On the contrary, security sources who confirmed the incident told ThisDay on Tuesday morning that the militants stormed the terminal at about 7.30p.m and bombed the terminal with dynamites.
The source said:
“The hoodlums stormed the terminal in several boats and immediately blasted it and sped away. The attack was professionally carried out. They were versed with the terrain.”
It was gathered that the security agents attached to the manifold were caught unawares as they did not expect any attack by that hour.
Qua Iboe is Nigeria’s largest crude oil stream and exports usually amount to more than 300,000 barrels per day. At the current oil price of $47 per barrel, Nigeria may be losing about N2.79 billion daily if the news of its bombing is true.