Abuja - Militants have attacked oil and gas pipelines belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, in the Niger delta, the second sabotage in two days following an assault on Chevron infrastructure, a state official said Friday.
The attack on a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline took place late Thursday near Warri, a city in Nigeria’s increasingly volatile oil-producing south.
“Another crude pipeline was attacked Thursday night near Batan oil field in Warri,” Eric Omare, a Delta state governor aide and spokesman for the Ijaw Youth Council, one of the largest ethnic groups in the region, told AFP.
Warri resident Augustine Amaka said the sabotage had polluted the area around the pipeline, while soldiers had cordoned off the site.
Militant group Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) appeared to claim the attack Friday in a statement on a Twitter account bearing their name that said it had blown up the pipeline.
The Avengers announced the attack via its Twitter handle.
The group said that the facility was “heavily guarded” by the Nigerian military, in an apparent attempt to mock the Nigerian armed forces’ capacity to check its activities.
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“At 11:45pm on Thursday.@NDAvengers blew up other #NNPC Gas and Crude trunkline close to Warri. Pipeline that was heavily guarded by Military,” the group tweeted.
The spokesman for the joint military tacks force in the area, Isa Ado, could not be immediately reached for comments, but security sources and residents in the area confirmed the attack.
“We are in the process of accessing the incident and the cause and details are not yet available,” a military personnel deployed to the area said.
Residents of the area said the attack on the crude pipeline caused an oil spill.
Augustine Amaka, who resides in Warri, Delta State, said the spill that followed the pipeline blast polluted the surroundings while soldiers cordoned off the area.
Eric Omare, an aide to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, and a youth activist, confirmed the incident on telephone on Friday.