Niger Delta Avengers have blown up another crude oil trunk line belonging to the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria in Batan, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, leading to a massive oil spillage. It took more than five hours before soldiers could finally confirm the attack.
Information gathered disclosed that as of 4.32pm, the spill could not be controlled by a technical team from Pipelines and Product Marketing Company drafted to the spot as crude was said to still be gushing out of the attacked pipeline.
The fresh attack was said to have happened at about 12.05am on Monday, around Camp 3, a short distance away from the spot where the militants had recently also attacked oil installations early this month.
According to sources from the community who confirmed the attack, the militants shot sporadically for some minutes before detonating devices to blow up the pipeline. The sources also said that it was very difficult for the soldiers to locate the attacked pipeline because of it remoteness in the swamp of Batan.
In line with the villagers’confirmation, a top military officer also confirmed the attack saying his men had a hard time identifying the spot as it was too remote for military personnel to easily access.
The Public Relations Officer of the Delta State Police Command, SP Celestina Kalu, also said in a brief text message: “There was something of that nature at Camp 3 in Batan community. It happened around 0030hrs of today (Monday)”.
In the same light, a source from PPMC who said the news of the attack was true, added that the pipeline which served the Warri refinery and Forcados had just been fixed after the militants attacked it about three weeks ago.
Even though the Niger Delta Avengers are yet to claim responsibility for the incident, the industry source added that the Shell pipeline only resumed supply of crude few days ago before being attacked again on Monday, it added that the spill was enormous, making it hard for the technical/maintenance team deployed to the spot to curtail it.