Militants set NNPC pipeline on fire

Bonny Crude export pipeline
Bonny Crude export pipeline

Militants have set fire to a crude oil pipeline in  Niger Delta, belonging to the NNPC and a local private firm, Shoreline.

The attack which was carried out near Ughelli on Friday night has been confirmed  by a military spokesman.

One of the rag tag terror groups in the region, which styles as Greenland Justice Mandate has claimed responsibility.

The attack was the second strike in the country’s oil hub within a day.

“The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate is not kidding with anybody,” the militants said in a statement.

“This shall be the state of affairs until all of you adjust to taking our land and the lives of our people seriously,” it said, referring to this and a similar attack in the same area on Thursday night.

There was no immediate information on the impact of the latest incidents on Nigeria’s oil production.

The same group had  bombed the Quality Control Centre (QCC) delivery line of the oil facility in the Delta axis.

Attacks have reduced output by 700,000 barrels per day since the start of the year.

Militants say they want a greater share of Nigeria’s oil wealth to go to the impoverished Delta region. Crude sales make up about 70 percent of national income and the vast majority of that oil comes from the southern swampland.

Nigeria, an OPEC member, was Africa’s top oil producer until the recent spate of attacks pushed it behind Angola.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the government is trying to negotiate a lasting solution with the militants, but there has been no visible progress.

The militants are splintered into small groups, made up mostly of unemployed men, who even their leaders struggle to control.

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