Despite federal government’s olive branch, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) continues to wreak havoc across the region. Yesterday, it successfully carried out yet another attack on a crude oil pipeline in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State belonging to Agip-Eni, a company that had earlier been a victim of the series of pipeline attacks by the militants.
A source noted that Friday’s attack, which was carried out with dynamites caused a huge smoke in the coastal area, before fire broke out at about 3a.m.
The NDA which had rebuffed a proposed dialogue with the Federal Government claimed responsibility for the attack through its Twitter handle @NDavengers.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC confirmed the attack on the Agip-Eni facility.
The state Commandant, NSCDC, Mr. Desmond Agu, who confirmed the incident said that the corps had started meeting with traditional rulers in various coastal communities as part of methods to resolve the crisis in the state.
Also yesterday, the NDA expressed delight over reports in the international media that some buyers were considering turning their back on Nigerian crude owing to the disruptive activities of the militants.
The group, in a tweet, applauded any decision by the international community to shun Nigeria’s oil alleging that Nigerian government had been denying the people of the Niger Delta benefits of its God-given hydrocarbon resources.
It urged the country’s customers not to buy Nigeria’s oil until issues bordering on alleged injustice and self-determination demand by the militants or freedom-fighters in the region were ironed out with the help of the international community.
The group had in a statement on Thursday defended its relentless bombing campaign against oil and gas installations in the region, stressing that it was prompted by decades of injustice against the oil-rich region, in terms of meaningful development.
The statement by the NDA spokesman, Mudoch Agbinibo, called on the international community and especially the advanced nations of Europe, Asia and America “to come to the aid of the Niger Delta people” in their quest for self-determination.