Militants intensify economic sabotage, blow up more oil assets in Delta

 

By Fegor Oghene, Asaba

Rampaging insurgents in the oil producing Niger-Delta have intensified their onslaught against the Nigerian state when they destroyed two major oil facilities in Delta State.

The militants believed to be members of the new group; The Avengers were said to have blown up two facilities namely, RMP23 and RMP24, which are being operated by oil giant, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), at the Opia/Ikia axis of the Dibi/ Olero oil fields in Egbema Kingdom of Warri North council area of Delta state.

The insurgent group, announced the developments in early Wednesday in series of tweets to alert the public on activities, which led to the destruction of the said facilities.

In the tweets they bragged about how the reported deployment of heavy military equipment to the Niger Delta region had failed to curtail their actions.

“With the heavy presence of 100 gunboats, 4 warships and jet bombers, NDA blew up Chevron oil well RMP23 and RMP24 at 3:44 am this morning. This is to show the whole world that Nigerian military is good in harassing innocent civilians. RMP23 and RMP24 are Chevron’s swamp highest producing wells”, the group said in three tweets.

Although the tweets did not specify the location where the attacks were carried out, its is however believed that the strikes must have occurred in Warri North council area, precisely in Egbema Kingdom and outside Gbaramatu Kingdom.

“It was in Warri North, Egbema Kingdom, at Opia/Ikia axis, around Dibi/Olero. It started from around 3:15 till around 4:45 this morning. There was no shootout heard,” said a source, who did not want his name mentioned, said.

 

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