Few hours after traditional rulers from Niger-Delta communities met with the President at Aso Rock, Abuja, a community leader has confirmed that militants have bombed Nigeria’s state-owned Trans Forcados oil pipeline.
Batan community leader Dickson Ogugu says the militants attacked Tuesday night, hours after President Muhammadu Buhari held talks with leaders from the oil-producing Niger Delta aimed at halting such sabotage.
No group has claimed responsibility. But the Niger Delta Green Land Justice Mandate threatened last week to blow up the pipeline to show its displeasure that the talks included none of its representatives.
Militants have demanded that no repairs be made to attacked installations.
The Trans Forcados pipeline was bombed in July and resumed operations two days ago. Several feeder lines from onshore oilfields feed into Trans Forcados, which carries the crude to the 400,000-barrel-a-day Forcados oil export terminal owned by Dutch-British multinational Shell.