Amidst the heavy presence of Nigerian Army’s Operation Crocodile Smile in the Niger Delta region, its militant version, Operation Crocodile Tears, has blown up a crude oil delivery line belonging to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).
The delivery line is said to cross Afiesere- Iwhrenene communities in Ughelli North Council Area of Delta State and Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM), which recently declared Operation Crocodile Tears in response to Nigerian Army’s lunch of Operation Crocodile Smile in the region, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The spokesman for the militant group, Aldo Agbalaja, who confirmed the development in a statement, said the attack happened at about 1am on Tuesday.
The group threatening further attacks, noted that the one of Tuesday was part of ‘Operation Crocodile Tears’, a planned series of attacks on oil facilities, which it declared earlier.
“As a mark of our faith to totally grounding the Nigerian oil economy, the gallant ‘Opudo’ strike forces brought down the Afiesere- Iwhrenene major delivery line in Ughelli North, leading to the UPS/UQCC operated by NPDC/SHORELINES at about 1am today September 13, 2016.
“The Niger Delta is not a conquered territory and our people have never succumbed to intimidation before, rather we match force with the oppressor’s brutality. The Nigerian government should already know that the people of this part are not fools, who will not be able to see when they are being treated with disdain.
“For the last time, leave these areas if you live around them and if you love your lives,” the statement read.
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