Militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, on Thursday, blew up a facility that belongs to Chevron, the main gas pipeline which provides electricity to the Escravos tank farm in Delta state.
Recall that the Avengers had claimed responsibility for the attack on Chevron facility earlier this month, warning the federal government of further attacks.
Confirming the latest attack in a tweet sent via its Twitter handle, @NDAvengers, the militant group said the attack on oil facilities was prompted by Chevron’s move to fix a major crude pipeline blown up by the group earlier, after they had warned that no repair works should be done until their demands are fully met.
— Niger Delta Avengers (@NDAvengers) May 25, 2016
A statement signed by the militants Spokesperson, Col. Mudoch Agbinibo, and titled “Chevron don’t Dare the Avengers”, read in full:
“From our investigation Chevron Plc is about to carry out repair works at the Valve platform that was blown by us (Niger Delta Avengers). We made it clear that no repair works should be done until our demands are fully met.
“Chevron have been operating in the Niger Delta region for over 40 years and no day has their terminals gone without electricity. While the host communities and villages are all basic amenities (Portable Drinking Water, Schools, Hospitals, Roads, Electricity). They have part with the federal government to undermine the people of the region leaving it to rot.
“When we blew the Chevron Valve Platform it resulted to total blackout in the Escravos Tank farm for more than three hours. If we (Niger Delta Avengers) can do it just know that we are capable of bringing down your tank farm if you continue with repair works on the blown valve platform.
“Chevron and Nigeria Government are pushing us to do against our belief. Despite making it clear we are not after innocent human lives but as it’s going we might cause human casualties if they don’t listen to us. Be informed that if we decides to strike it going to be bloody. And the contracting firm going to do the repair works we want you to know that your facilities and staff will be our first casualties.
“Our warning to Chevron is that despite the heavy presence of Military in the creeks, it will not stop us from carrying out our operations. We are ready to destroy more pipelines, we won’t only destroy pipelines, but will bring the fight to your tank farm and your Headquarters in Lekki, Lagos.
“If you continue to undermine us and go ahead with the repair works you won’t see us coming but we are coming for you.”