Militants in N’Delta creeks destroy two major oil assets in Delta

By Fegor Oghene, Asaba

Rampaging insurgents have destroyed two major oil facilities; RMP23 and RMP24, 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 Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) had via early morning tweets, alerted of its activities, which led to the destruction of the said facilities, bragging about how the reported deployment of heavy military equipment to the Niger Delta region had failed to curtail its determined strikes.

“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, through the insurgent group’s regular handle; @NDAvengers, did not specify the location where the attacks were  carried out, other reliable sources told the Nation that the attack
was in Warri North council area, recording the first incident in Egbema Kingdom and outside Gbaramatu Kingdom.

Confirming the development to the Nation in a telephone conversation in Warri yesterday morning, a source told the Nation that the incident occurred between 3:15am and 4:45am, adding that there was no incident of gunfight between the insurgents and security operatives.

“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” the source, who did not want his name
mentioned, said.

Reacting to the development,  the Secretary of the Egbema/ Gbaramatu Foundation, Jude Ukori, described the development as most unfortunate,  saying Egbema Kingdom would never subscribe to such tactics, as being used by the insurgents and pleaded with them to stop.

“I heard there was a blowout this morning, but I am yet to get the details. We want to appeal to those behind these activities to desist,  Egbema is not home to militancy and we don’t want to be part of it. We
have always cooperated with security agencies where we have what they need, but we are not security agents and we do not have what it takes to face whoever is behind these destructions, we can only appeal for peace”, he said.

When reached for comments on the development, the General Manager of Chevron on Policies, Government and Public Affairs, Prince Deji Haastrup, said his company would not be making comments on the sad development.

“We will not be making any comments on the ongoing situation”, Haastrup said.

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