Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militants have restated their “commitment to attack the interests of oil corporations and international operators of Nigerian refineries that bring in vessels to the Niger Delta territory to buy our oil,” in defense of improvements and development for the region, neglected by governments since 1958.
“If they refuse to heed to our advice, it will result in the sinking of two [of] their mother vessels as an example to others. They [oil companies] should not undertake any repair of pipelines, oil and gas facilities that are damaged or attacked by our forces during this period of “Operation Red Economy” until and/or after the dialogue,” said Agbinibo.
The attacks carried out by militants in the Niger Delta region in southern Nigeria have disrupted crude supplies and help reduce the global oil glut. The sabotage has cut the OPEC member’s production to its lowest levels in roughly 20 years.
Nigeria’s May production dropped to 1.42 million barrels per day (MMBPD), from 1.67 MMBPD, according to secondary sources cited by OPEC. The country, which is no longer Africa’s largest oil producer, told the cartel it pumped 1.50 MMBPD last month, compared to 1.57 MMBPD in April.