The continuous assault on oil and gas pipelines by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) took another twist as the group blew up an oil facility owned by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Delta State, at the wee hours of Friday morning, Nigerian time.
The Forcados pipeline which was first destroyed in February before going through repairs is owned by Shell and usually transports 250,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
Having become a deadly group in the Niger Delta region, they claimed that their purpose for exploding some of the pipelines was meant to bring the nation’s oil production and exports to zero.
They also claimed responsibility for this attack via their Twitter handle on Friday morning.
“At 3 a.m. today, NDAvengers blew up the SPDC forcados 48’ exportline.”
“We warned SPDC not to go ahead with repair works but they refused.”
On Thursday, the NDA condemned accusations that the group was responsible for attacks on a military houseboat in Ejere, a creek in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, which left at least two soldiers dead.
In a statement signed by Mudoch Agbinibo, the Avengers condemned all acts of violence against military and civilians, declaring “the days of killing and kidnapping” over.
“Killing of sleeping soldiers is not our style,” the Avengers said in an update posted on its website. “We promise the world that in this process of liberating our people, not a single blood of Nigerian soldiers will be wasted despite the provocation.”
“Our war is on oil installations not to take innocent lives.”
In another development, a new group, the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF), has vowed to launch six missiles, shut down Nigeria’s satellite system and enforce a “no flight” zone within the country’s airspace from Tuesday next week.
The group, which claimed it is working closely with the deadly NDA, also gave the Nigerian military 48 hours to quit the region or face extermination.