– The Niger Delta militants have blown up the Escravos
in Delta state
– The source described the bombing as a “big blow” to
oil production in the country
The Cable informs that the Niger Delta militants have
bombed a section of the Escravos gas trunkline behind
salvation city, near Ogbe-Ijoh in Warri South West local
government area of Delta state.
One of the sources told reporters that the incident occurred
in the early hours of May 20, Friday.
He defined the attack as a “big blow” to gas production in
Nigeria, disclosing that the facility belongs to phase two of
the Escravos-Lagos gas pipeline owned by the Nigerian Gas
Company Limited (NGC).
Eric Omare, a spokesperson for the Ijaw Youth Council, said
the attack happened around the village of Ogbe Ijoh, near
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“The explosion occurred last night on the pipeline belonging
to NNPC,” said Omare.
The pipeline links the Escravos oil terminal to Warri and
supplies gas to various parts of the country.
Nigeria has seen renewal in militant attacks in the oil-rich
southern region in the last few weeks, with strikes on
pipelines and oil facilities.
These bombings reduced oil output to the lowest in almost
three decades and increasing a rally in world crude prices.
The government of President Buhari has directed his army
to deal with the militants with a heavy hand.
The new militant group Niger Delta Avengers, that
appeared recently, said they have nothing to do with older
militants and unveiled the list of their demands.
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Escravos Lagos pipeline was attacked in February, causing
the shortage of 3,132 megawatts of electricity, and
difficulties for operators of power generation plants.