Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), yesterday, claimed its fighters bombed Chevron Escravos export pipeline at Escravos offshore, Delta State. A statement signed by the NDA’s Spokesman, Brig. Gen. Murdock Agbinibo, signaled the resumption of bombings of critical oil infrastructures by the militant group. The militant group has been observing a ceasefire since the Federal Government indicated an interest to begin dialogue with Niger Delta stakeholders to address the problems in the region.
NDA has been accusing the government of insincerity with the dialogue following alleged militarization of the region and the recently concluded Operation Crocodile Smiles which saw soldiers storming the creeks during the ceasefire.
The Escravos pipeline was among the first oil installations crippled by NDA, before latest attack on the pipeline by the militants. NDA in the statement said it had earlier warned International Oil Companies (IOCs) that there should be no repairs of oil facilities pending the end of negotiation and dialogue with the government.
The statement said: “On the 25th Oct. 2016, at about 3:45am our strike team 06 took down Chevron Escravos export pipeline at Escravos offshore.
This action is to further warn all IOCs’ that when we warn that there should be no repairs pending negotiation/dialogue with the people of the Niger Delta, it means there should be no repairs.
Any attempt to use dialogue to distract us so as to allow the free flow of our oil will halt the dialogue process.