The economic down turn in the country may take a turn for the worse, as the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, attacked Nembe 1, 2 and 3 trunk line jointly operated by Agip, Oando and Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC.
The attacked trunk lines affected the inflow of 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day to Bonny Export Terminal in Bayelsa State.
The Niger Delta Avengers, which declared a seize fire to allow for dialogue with the Federal Government, resumed attacks on oil and gas facilities soon after the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief Edwin Clark led Pan Niger Delta Dialogue Team, PANDEF.
Aside the Avengers, the Greenland Justice Mandate Forum, has also intensified attacks while the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, claimed that its Western Commander was responsible for the bombing at Forcados, barely 24 hours after PANDEF’s meeting with President Buhari.
Confirming the attack on Tuesday, the spokesperson of the NDA, Mudoch Agbinibo, said: “At about 11.45pm November 15, 2016, our elite Strike Team 03 struck Nembe 1, 2 and 3 truck line operated by Agip, Oando and Shell with supply capacity of 300,000 barrel per day to Bonny export terminal in Bayelsa State.
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“This is in response to the so-called “Operations Sharkbite,” an art of terrorism commissioned by the tyranny of the Nigerian Navy establishment and orchestrated by some elements of the ruling political class to continuously undermine any effort by the Nigerian state to addressing the legitimate demands of the people of the Niger Delta and as well a conspiracy to bloat the accounts of some security contractors and conflict merchants within the party structure of the APC.
“We are only reiterating our strong resolve that, time is running against the Nigerian government, that there is doom ahead. The Nigerian government needs our cooperation more than we need the government as it concerns the extraction of the crude oil and hydrocarbon resources in our God-given land.
“We are determined to continue this war by all means necessary, until that environment prevails for a genuine dialogue and negotiations within the framework of the 16- point key demands presented to President Muhammadu Buhari by PANDEF on the 1st of November 2016.
“We want the peace with honour, we do not want the ‘peace of our time’. Since that moment military was drafted into the Niger Delta as an instrument of suppression to our fatherland against all peaceful protest and legitimate demands, the fear had gone. The message is getting stronger with more messengers,” the group said in the statement.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews….
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