Just a few weeks after destroying the lives of defenseless residents while raiding communities in Ogun state, men suspected to be Niger Delta militants on Tuesday, 12th July, blew up a gas pipeline in PZ Estate in the Ogijo area of the state.
Members of the community who spoke to Channels Television said that the occurrence was the first known attack on a pipeline in the south-west under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The suspects were said to have bombed the pipeline late Tuesday while pretending to be officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on maintenance patrol.
The damaged pipeline is said to serve an 11.4 distribution line for some companies in Ikorodu, Lagos state.
The scene of the attack has been cordoned off by security personnel.
Although National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) officials believe it is too early to draw conclusions on the identity of the perpetrators, of the attack, it is common knowledge that sabotage of such nature has been orchestrated by the creek manors.
According to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ogijo police station, Mohammed Tijani, investigations were in progress. He said:
“What we heard is that during the day, some people disguised as NNPC staff. They reportedly came with two Hilux vehicles and pretended as if they carried out some repairs. Later at night, the explosion occurred.”
Besides an attack which occurred last month on a Shell pipeline in Imo state in the south-east, all other attacks in recent times have occurred in the south-south, mainly Delta state.
The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), have claimed responsibility for most of the attacks on oil facilities under the present administration and have threatened to storm Lagos. Their major aim is to bring oil production in Nigeria to zero thereby crippling the nation’s economy.