Suspected militants has blown up an oil pipeline in Bayelsa State operated by a subsidiary of Italy’s Eni, Nigerian Agip Oil Company, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSDC) said.
The blast which occurred at the pipeline at Lasukugbene and tat, occurred in the early hours of Friday, 8 July, 2016, and according to an NSDC spokesman Desmond Agwu, the attackers exchanged gunfire with members of his team.
Nobody has claimed responsibility for the blast, however all fingers will be pointed at the Niger Delta Avengers, which has carried out most of the attacks in the region.
The Avengers have claimed responsibility for at least five attacks since Sunday.
The federal government said in late June that a one-month cease-fire had been agreed with militants in the Niger Delta, however Niger Delta Avengers, debunked the report, saying it did not “remember” agreeing to a ceasefire.
Since the resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta region, oil production in Nigeria has dipped to a 30-year low.