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Again! Militants Blow Up NPDC Pipeline In Delta

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Asaba – Again, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) says it has attacked and destroyed the Nigerian Petroleum Development Corporation (NPDC) Unenurhie-Evwreni delivery line.

In a statement signed by Aldo Agbajala, its spokesman, NDGJM claimed to have destroyed the pipeline in the early hours of Thursday, September 29 with its Opudo Strike Team.

According to the release, the latest bombing is to prove to multinational oil companies and Nigerian military that they, NDGJM, own the land.

“As a mark of our commitment to a just cause and to prove to the wicked and ungrateful multinational oil companies and their Nigerian military allies, who have been forcefully taking our natural endowment, without any visible returns, that we own our lands, the Opudo Strike Team of the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate at about 0100hour today 29th September 2016, bombed the Unenurhie-Evwreni delivery line in Ughelli South/North respectively operated by NPDC,” the statement reads in part.

“We want to assure the oil multinational companies that we are determined to end their operations in our lands and this we shall if they fail to show the will to change their relationship with our people and their operational attitude in our lands. For the avoidance of doubts, we want to say here, categorically, that no amount of military protection/presence can stop this whirlpool; no amount of shoddily arranged military operation can quell the will of our gallant army.

“The same way their Operation Crocodile Smile was sunken by our Operation Crocodile Tears is how all their schemes against our land and people will continue to be defeated.

“Like we have said, this will only stop when you turn a new leaf, adopt a sincere attitude, give back to our people what naturally should be theirs, advise the government rightly, stop thinking there’s an army to protect you from justice, do these and all that you know are good. If you do these, be assured to have a good relationship with our people and real protection for your personnel and assets across our lands.”

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NDGJM, it would be recalled claimed on Monday, September 20, 2016, to have blown up Afiserere-Ekiugho delivery line operated by NPDC/Shoreline in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.

The militant group which operates mainly from Urhobo ethnic nationality area has in recent times claimed responsibility for recent incidents of oil and gas installation bombing in Delta State.

The activities of NDGJM, Adaka Bora Avengers and other militant groups including the Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF) and the Niger Delta Avengers have negatively affected Nigeria’s crude oil production and sales.

Production began sliding in February when the Niger Delta Avengers claimed an attack on an underwater pipeline running that forced Royal Dutch Shell to shut down its Forcados export terminal.

That singular action knocked off at least 250,000 bpd.

Shell had also declared force majeure on exports of Bonny Light crude after a leak on one of its trunk lines in the Niger Delta, even as Chevron also shut a platform after an attack also claimed by the Niger Delta Avengers.

As at May 2016, Nigeria’s oil production had dropped to 1.65 million barrels a day, the lowest output in 22 years, as a result of resurgence of militant activities in the Niger Delta region.

Babachir David Lawal, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), had declared that the Federal Government cannot fully implement the N6.06 trillion 2016 budget as passed by the National Assembly.

Lawal told a joint Senate committee on Appropriations, Finance and Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions that the revenues of the government had dropped by 50 to 60 percent contrary to projections.

He pointedly blamed the drop in Nigeria’s revenue on activities of militants in the Niger Delta.

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