Niger Delta militants blow up another oil facility

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According to reports, the Niger Delta Militant group, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, NDGJM, has again destroyed another pipeline facility in the Niger Delta region barely 24 hours after it claimed responsibility for an earlier attack.

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The militant group blew up the Oviri-Ogor delivery line to the Quality Control Centre, QCC, operated by Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) in Delta State last night.

In a statement issued by the group’s spokesman, Aldo Agabalaja, the militant group claimed its Akuma Strike Team was responsible for the attack on the delivery line in Ughelli, Ughelli South Local Government at about 11p.m on Friday night.

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The statement further said: “In further execution of the Operation Hammurabi Code, the Akuma Strike Team, at about 2300hour of Friday, October 14, 2016, bombed the Oviri-Ogor Delivery line to the QCC in Ughelli.”

In reaction to the bombing, the acting Spokesman of the Joint Task Force, JTF code-named Operation Delta Sate, Lieutenant Commander Thomas Otuji while speaking to Thisday yesterday said: “There was an attack on an old pipeline earlier vandalised. No product running in it. Troops on the trail to ascertain the identity of the criminals.”

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He further disclosed that about four members of the militant group suspected to be returning from the operation have been nabbed.

The militant group however in its new statement following the arrest of some of its members announced a fresh attack to register its dissatisfaction. The statement said: “This is a message to, not just Shoreline and NPDC, the cooperators of this facility, but to all of you who own facilities in the upland area of our land and are still believing in the arms of flesh.

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“This shall be the state of affairs until all of you adjust to taking our land and the lives of our people seriously. The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate is not kidding with anybody and anybody should not think this is just one of those coming around to beg for a morsel of bread. Start a real and genuine engagement of real grassroots leaders from the region, not the divide-and-rule pattern, and this campaign shall cease.”

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