Suspected militants in the early hours of Friday attacked the oil and gas pipeline owned by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NOAC) along the Tebidaba-Brass area of Brass local government area of Bayelsa State.
The attack, which was confirmed by the commandant of the Nigerian Civil Defense and Security Corps (NCDSC), Desmond Agu was carried out by a gang of heavily armed youths with two double 200hp speedboats and explosives to blast three different points on the Tebidaba-Brass NAOC pipeline.
It was confirmed that some personnel of the NSCDC encountered the militants and engaged them in gun battle.
Desmond Agu, said “Reports from the swamp area indicate that last night (early hours of this morning) a gang of heavily armed youths with two double 200hp speedboats used explosives to blast three different points on the Tebidaba-Brass NAOC pipeline. Operation to confirm the blast areas and extent of damage is to be carried out now, though my men exchange fire with them”
“There was a blast of pipeline and my men were exchanging fire with some of the hoodlums one is at Goulubokiri manifold while the one in Lasukugbene pipeline, but we have not reached any of the locations yet because it is too hurt now,” he confirmed
The latest attack, which is coming few days after a new militant group, the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLPF) expressed displeasure over the present government inability to address the challenges confronting the Niger Delta region.
According to the group, in a statement signed by General Akotebe Darikoro, Commander, General Duties, General Torunanaowei Latei, Creeks Network Coordinator, General Agbakakuro Owei-Tauro, Pipelines Bleeding Expert and General Pulokiri Ebiladei, Intelligence Bureau,” the attitude of President Muhammadu Buhari in his stand not to address the basic issues raised by us which we believed in within the confine of the president to address them once and for all.”
“We came to the conclusion in our emergency meeting in Yenagoa, Bayels State this morning that since the Nigeria president had failed to take holistic steps since his returns from London trip for his aged long ear, nose and throat (E.N.T) treatment, it is resolved as follows: That the oil and gas pipelines running from Ogboinbiri in Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa State to Obrinkon in Ikwerre LGA of Rivers State is to be finally cut off from transmission.
“That the flow stations of Ogboinbiri, Oporoma, Peremabiri, Tabidaba, Nembe, Brass, Chevron platform in Koluama, Okordia-Zarama and Biseni including Gbarain-Ubie gas gathering plant are to be set ablaze since the oil companies are major hindrance to the development of the region.
We further warned those staying around and within to please leave those areas because our mission is to cripple the economy of the country and not to kill any human being on earth.
The Nigerian securities who are claiming they are securing the oil facilities in the region should stay as their dwelling places and see whether their safety will be guarantee by the music on those days”
The militant group commended the minister of state for petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, for taking a recent first hand visit to the region,” We thanked the minister of state, petroleum resources for the bold steps he personally took to resolve the injustice created and sponsored by the wicked companies and government in Nigeria. The initiative he took has been relegated to the background by the self acclaimed minister of petroleum resources, Muhammadu Buhari who has no knowledge about the suffering of the people in the Niger Delta region only with a mission to milk the region and pays deaf ears to the plight of the region”.