The Niger Delta Avengers have vehemently declared that the Nigerian military are of no substance to their fire power after the group blew up crude oil trunk lines number 1, 2, and 3, the lines linked the town of Brass to the island town of Bonny in Rivers State, Nigeria; and were owned by the Agip and Shell corporations. The group planned and executed the attack in the early hours of Saturday morning.
In a series of tweets, the militants revealed that their attack, and this was just days after they blew up another oil pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Thursday, May 26, which they claimed was heavily guarded by the Nigerian military, in an apparent attempt to mock the Nigerian armed forces capacity to check its activities.
At about 2:15 a.m. Nigerian time on Saturday the @NDAvengers blew up Nembe 1, 2 and 3 Brass to Bonny Trunk Line belonging to Agip and Shell,” the group tweeted.
This attack comes barely hours after the group claimed responsibility for the Chevron and Escravos terminal attacks last week, thereby creating more problems for the Federal Government. The group has launched several attacks on oil and gas infrastructures since February 2016, demanding a sovereign nation of the Niger Delta people.
“We warned Chevron, but they didn’t listen. NDA just blew up the Escravos tank farm main electricity feed pipeline,” the Avengers said.
“The Niger Delta stakeholders meeting is an insult to the people of Niger Delta. What we need is a sovereign state not pipeline contracts. To the IOC’s, Indigenous Oil Companies and Nigerian military. Watch out something big is about to happen and it will shock the whole world,” the group tweeted on Friday.
Meanwhile, The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai has warned the group to desist or face the wrath of the Nigerian military. “They have been attacking our troop locations, killing our soldiers. We will not tolerate them. We will deal with them according to the law. We will look for them wherever they are. They are not agitating for anything, they are just into crime. Communities should be patriotic enough to expose these criminals. They should help fish out these criminals killing our soldiers, we will not tolerate that. They must come out to help. Everybody, every Nigerian should expose these criminals. They have nothing to fear.” he said.