Niger Delta Avengers have again blown up two major oil wells at Dibi in Warri South West local government area of Delta State.
The oil wells Well RMP 23 and RMP 24 belonging to Chevron Nigeria Limited went up in flames in the early hours of today, June 1.
The Niger Delta Avengers took to their Twitter handle @NDAvengers on Wednesday morning to claim responsibility for the attack, saying:
“With the heavy presence of 100 gunboats, 4 warships and jet bombers, NDA blew up Chevron Oil Well RMP 23 and RMP 24, 3:44AM this morning.
“This is to show the whole world that the Nigeria military is good in harassing innocent Nigerians.”
This is to show the whole world that Nigeria Military is good in harassing innocent Civilians.
— Niger Delta Avengers (@NDAvengers) June 1, 2016
It was gathered that Chevron noticed the incident at about 4am following a drop in pressure during production. A military source and a staff of Chevron who did not want their names mentioned, confirmed the incident, adding that the attack led to heavy spillage in the creeks.
The wells have since been shut down and a team of engineers had been sent to assess the damage and to stop further spread of the spillage.
The group had earlier claimed responsibility for May 30th attack at Onitsha river, near Nkpor, Anambra State, which left about eight soldiers dead. Spokesman of the group, who simply identified himself as General Ben, made this revelation yesterday, stating they were not only limited to the Niger Delta alone.
“It may sound doubtful; but we want to tell Nigerians that we are not limited to Niger Delta region. This is a warning to the Nigerian government that no amount of security threat will deter us. More attacks will still take place.
“We stand by every ultimatum given to any group or company. We will touch the soul of the economy of this nation. We are not interested in resources but, sovereignty”.
However, the Nigerian Army had on Tuesday, dismissed negotiation with the militant group which has launched several attacks on oil installations and weakened crude oil production in the region, insisting it will continue to use force until leaders of resurgent militant groups in the Niger Delta region are arrested.