By Olaolu Oladipo, LagosÂ
Militants in the Niger Delta have blown up an oil well in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.Â
This is coming less than 24 hours after the Federal Government’s decision to whittle military presence in the troubled parts of the region.
The platform belongs to oil major, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) is registered as oil well RMP20 and is located in the Dibi oil fields.Â
Eyewitnesses told BLACKFACE that the platform was attacked at about 1:00 a.mÂ on Wednesday, just a week after two other oil wells of the company; RMP23 and RMP24, were attacked in the same area.Â
Insurgent group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), in a tweet has claimed responsibility for the attack.Â
Also in the tweet, they also distanced itself from any negotiation with the federal government, saying “this is to the general public; we’re not negotiating with any committee. If federal government is discussing with any group, they’re doing that on their own”.Â
“At 1:00am today, the @NDAvengers blow up Well RMP 20 belonging to Chevron located 20 meters away from Dibi flow Station in Warri North LGA”, the group’s tweet said.