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Niger Delta Avengers Claim Fresh Attack On Chevron’s Facilities

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Posted: Jun 1, 2016 at 8:42 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Felix Igbekoyi, Emma Arubi, John Dugbe



The new militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), on Wednesday, bombed Chevron’s Oil Remote Manifold Platforms (RMP) 23 and RMP 24 at the DIBI Field, around Tisun and Kolokolo towns in the deep riverine area of Warri North Council Area of Delta State.

The group announced the incident on its Twitter handle thus: “With the heavy presence of 100 gunboats, four warships and Jet bombers NDA blew up Chevron Oil Well RMP 23 and RMP 24 3:44 am this morning.”

The attack took place within the Itsekiri domain where heavy military presence is the order of the day.

The NDA said the action was to ridicule the Nigerian Army and prove that the troops could not safeguard the nation’s oil and gas facilities from destruction.

The militants charged the military to desist from harassing innocent Ijaw persons in Gbaramatu communities.

Sources claimed that the RMP 23 and RMP 24 are Chevron’s swamp highest oil producing platforms.

No official of the American oil major was willing to comment on the incident just as security personnel also declined to confirm the blast.

The RMPs are located in such remote area that no worker leaves around it and does not have accommodation facilities. Workers only go to work and return to their various locations.

A platform is a facility that receives crude from multiple wells around certain radius. And with the bombing of the RMP 23 and RMP 24 Chevron would now be losing huge quantities of crude, revenue coupled with monumental environmental degradation and pollution of farmland and aquatic lives.

Spokesman of the group, Muddoch Agbinibo, stated that no repairs should be carried out in any of the facilities which they attacked until their demands were fully met.

He accused Chevron of insensitivity to the plight of locals within the creeks.

Hear him: “We are capable of bringing down your tank farm if you continue with repair works on the blown valve platform. If you continue to undermine us and go ahead with the repair works you won’t see us coming but we are coming for you.”

Meanwhile, fear of mass death of women and children of Oporoza, Kurutie, Kunukunuma, Kokodiagbene and some other villages is now very high, as the inhabitants continue to take refuge in the bushes without food.

Scores of fleeing locals within villages of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, following the siege laid by the military, are reportedly trapped in the bushes.