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Barely 24 Hours After Bombing Escravos, Niger Delta Avengers Attacks NNPC Facility, Vows To “Shock The Whole World”



Barely 24 hours after the Niger Delta Avengers blew up Chevron’s Escravos pipeline, the militants say that they have blown up a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The group said in its Twitter feed on Friday that it blew up the NNPC gas and crude trunk line close to Warri in Delta State, Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

The group said that the facility was “heavily guarded” by the Nigerian military, in an apparent attempt to mock the Nigerian armed forces’ capacity to check its activities.

“At 11:45pm on Thursday.@NDAvengers blew up other #NNPC Gas and Crude trunkline close to Warri. Pipeline that was heavily guarded by Military,” the group tweeted.

The spokesman for the Ijaw Youth Council, Mr Eric Omare, said that another crude pipeline was attacked on Thursday night near Batan Oil field in Warri.

He added that there were two simultaneous attacks on the PPMC and NNPC pipelines.

The NNPC is yet to confirm this incident.

The attack is coming as the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said that government needs to improve its amnesty programme for militants in the Niger Delta to address neglect by the government and international oil companies.

A spokesperson for the group, Mudoch Agbinibo, had earlier this month warned the Nigerian government of further attacks if their demands were not met.
Last week, Chevron’s Makaraba crude oil line was attacked on the offshore Okan manifold in the region.

The attack followed previous ones on the company’s facilities at Abiteye, Utunana and Makaraba platforms in Warri South-West area of Delta State resulting in the loss of over 40,000 barrels of oil per day.

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