By Fegor Oghene, Asaba
Rampaging insurgents have destroyed two major oil facilities; RMP23Â and RMP24, operated by oil giant, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), atÂ the Opia/Ikia axis of the Dibi/ Olero oil fields in Egbema Kingdom ofÂ Warri North council area of Delta state.The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) had via early morning tweets, alertedÂ of its activities, which led to the destruction of the saidÂ facilities, bragging about how the reported deployment of heavyÂ military equipment to the Niger Delta region had failed to curtail itsÂ determined strikes.
“With the heavy presence of 100 gunboats, 4 warships and jet bombers,Â Â NDA blew up Chevron oil well RMP23 and RMP24 at 3:44 am this morning.Â This is to show the whole world that Nigerian military is good inÂ harassing innocent civilians. RMP23 and RMP24 are Chevron’s swampÂ highest producing wells”, the group said in three tweets.
Although the tweets, through the insurgent group’s regular handle;Â @NDAvengers, did not specify the location where the attacks wereÂ Â carried out, other reliable sources told the Nation that the attack
was in Warri North council area, recording the first incident inÂ Egbema Kingdom and outside Gbaramatu Kingdom.
Confirming the development to the Nation in a telephone conversationÂ in Warri yesterday morning, a source told the Nation that the incidentÂ occurred between 3:15am and 4:45am, adding that there was no incidentÂ of gunfight between the insurgents and security operatives.
“It was in Warri North, Egbema Kingdom, at Opia/Ikia axis, aroundÂ Dibi/Olero. It started from around 3:15 till around 4:45 this morning.Â There was no shootout heard” the source, who did not want his name
Reacting to the development,Â the Secretary of the Egbema/ GbaramatuÂ Foundation, Jude Ukori, described the development as most unfortunate, Â saying Egbema Kingdom would never subscribe to such tactics, as beingÂ used by the insurgents and pleaded with them to stop.
“I heard there was a blowout this morning, but I am yet to get theÂ details. We want to appeal to those behind these activities to desist, Â 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 theyÂ need, but we are not security agents and we do not have what it takesÂ to face whoever is behind these destructions, we can only appeal forÂ peace”, he said.
When reached for comments on the development, the General Manager ofÂ Chevron on Policies, Government and Public Affairs, Prince DejiÂ Haastrup, said his company would not be making comments on the sadÂ development.
“We will not be making any comments on the ongoing situation”, Haastrup said.