The Federal Government on Sunday rubbished warnings by the Niger Delta Avengers by repairing damaged pipelines in the oil-rich region which were destroyed by the dreaded militant group.
The group had earlier warned the Federal Government not to repair damaged pipelines saying: “We are going to redirect and reactivate all our activities if the government, oil companies and their services firms do not heed these modest warnings of not carrying out repair works and suspend the buying of crude oil from our region, as we await the right atmosphere that will engender genuine dialogue.”
However, the Federal Government seem not to care as some community sources confirmed that soldiers were escorting badges, tugboats loaded with equipment and personnel heading for the repairs of the damaged facility of NGC, a subsidiary of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Sunday.
According to Vanguard, Chief Moses Bebenimibo, Chairman of Kunukunuma Federated Communities, also confirmed the development while saying that the contractor carrying out the maintenance, Melcurt Nigeria Limited, did not involve the host community.
Bebenimibo accused the Federal Government of being interested only in the oil that flows in the communities and not the well-being of the people, adding: “They are good in using the military to always intimidate and subdue us in matters that affect us as a people from this end.”