Niger Delta Avengers militant group has revealed that it has blown up a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline in Oruk Anam Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State.
In a tweet posted on Thursday morning, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), who is responsible for most attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta region, has revealed that it has a blown up a pipeline of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Akwa Ibom state.
“At 4:00am @NDAvengers blow up NNPC Pipeline in Oruk Anam local government area in Akwa Ibom,” the tweet read.
The attack is coming a few days after the group listed conditions for negotiation with the government.
In a statement issued by Muduch Agbinibo, its spokesman, on Monday, the militants said that they desired a ‘genuine attitude’ from the government before it would commit to any dialogue.
“The high command of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) is using this medium to restate that there are no new items to put on the table for dialogue, we only want a genuine attitude and conducive atmosphere that will make us commit to any proposed dialogue and last peace talk.
“We want the federal government to commit members states of the multinational oil corporations to commit independent mediators to this proposed dialogue; we believed that it is only such environment that will engender genuine dialogue that will be aimed at setting up a framework for achieving the short, medium and long term demands of the Niger Delta to de-escalating this conflict and bring about lasting peace.
“The NDA high command is restating our commitment to attack the interest of oil corporation and international refineries operators that bring in vessels to the Niger Delta territory to buy our oil that every successive government has refused to use and reapply the proceeds towards any development in the region since 1958.
“If they refuse be heed to our advice will result to sinking of two their mother vessel as an example to others. They should not undertake any repair of pipeline, oil and gas facilities that are damaged or attacked by our forces during this period of ‘Operation Red Economy’ until and/or after the dialogue.
“Finally, if need be we may review our earlier stance of not taking lives. We are going to redirect and reactivate all our activities if the government, oil companies and their services firms don’t heed to these modest warnings of not carrying out any repair works, and suspend the buying of crude oil from our region as we await the right atmosphere that will engender genuine dialogue. We want peace with honour not peace of our time,” the statement read in part.