Avengers strike again, hit Chevron manifolds in Warri..

MEMBERS of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), late Wednesday blew up Chevron manifolds in a location not specifically mentioned by the group.

Conflicting reports said the attacked facilities were located at Debie or Jones Creek in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.

The Avengers, which made the attack known on its website late Wednesday, said it blew up RMP 22, 23 and 24 all suspected to be in Warri North.

In the statement signed by its spokesperson, Brigadier General Mudoch Agbinibo, the group said: “Between the hours of 10:50pm to 11:10pm our (Niger Delta Avengers) strike team blew up Chevron Manifolds. The manifolds are RMP 22, 23 and 24.”

No security agency could confirm the attack, but a source from Chevron told the Nigerian Tribune that the said manifolds had been attacked in the recent past.

Meanwhile, the group, which wished its readers, a “Happy Eid Mubarak to our Muslim Brothers,” said it was closing all its social network accounts due to the activities of scammers and impersonators.

It denied being responsible for the alleged attack on NNPC’s pipeline at Eleme in Rivers State on Saturday, noting that other groups carrying out their heinous activities should claim responsibility instead of accusing Avengers falsely.

The group, therefore, warned the media to beware of the impostors and always follow its activities only on its website henceforth.

“This Facebook Account/page is an impostor page that was opened by fraudster to deceive the general public.

“We are warning that any group that wants to do anything should go about their activities without tagging us (Niger Delta Avengers). Do your activities and claim responsibility.

“The NNPC pipeline in Eleme that was posted by this Facebook account yesterday wasn’t carried out by Niger Delta Avengers.

“We are calling all national dailies to take note. Niger Delta Avengers is not out to mislead the public.

“As a result, we are closing all our social network accounts and will be using our websites to pass information to the general public,” the group disclosed.

It will be recalled that the group resumed hostilities against the country’s oil economy last weekend, attacking oil and gas facilities belonging to NPDC, NNPC and Chevron at different locations in Warri.

Senior Media Aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Malam Garba Shehu had, on Wednesday, in an article accused the group of killing smokers and policemen of the Federal Republic to which the militants had denied.

Meanwhile, The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said on Thursday that the dialogue approach adopted by the Federal Government with militants would end the ongoing bombings of oil facilities in the Niger Delta.

The NSCDC Commandant General, Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammadu, gave the assurance while speaking with journalists in Minna.

“The Federal Government has commenced negotiations with some of the aggrieved militants in the region on the need to sheath their swords and embrace peaceful resolutions of all perceived grievances that led to the bombing of oil pipelines in the region.

“To the best of my knowledge, I think the Federal Government is already negotiating with them.

“At the last meeting we had, we discussed at length and very soon all these bombings will come to an end.”

Muhammadu explained that the government chose the option of dialogue with the militant groups in order not to send a wrong signal to the international community on some of the happenings in the country.