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Suspected militants hit Escravos pipeline

Reports say that the Escravos pipeline carrying gas to various parts of the country has been blown up by suspected militants, causing upsets in the supply of key energy resource for industries.

The incident, Ripples Nigeria learnt, happened late night Thursday. The pipeline is owned by Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and connects the Escravos oil terminal to Warri from where gas is distributed to different parts of the country.

A spokesman for a local community group broke the news to journalists on Friday. The NNPC  is yet to officially react on the incident

The country has recently been plagued by attacks in the Niger Delta, with strikes on pipelines and oil facilities majorly from a group calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers.

Eric Omare, a spokesman for the Ijaw Youth Council, said the attack occurred around the village of Ogbe Ijoh, near Warri. Local resident James Dadiowei said a “loud bang” at the NNPC pipeline had thrown the community into panic on Thursday night.

“The explosion occurred last night on the pipeline belonging to NNPC [Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation],” said Omare.

 

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