Militants Claim Blowing Up Oil Pipleline in Delta


*We Are Not Aware-Police

By Sylvester Idowu

Urhobo/Isoko militant group, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDJM), claimed on Thursday that it bombed another Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) delivery line in Ughelli area of Delta State.

It claimed that its Opudo Strike Team struck at about 1 a.m., bombing the Unenurhie-Evwreni delivery line in Ughelli South/North  operated by NPDC.

But Delta State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Celestina Kalu, a Superintendent of Police (SP), said the Police Command was not aware of any attack on any oil facility as claimed by the group.

She said the police Command was yet to establish whether there was any attack on any NPDC trunk line in Ughelli area of the state.

“I am not aware of the said incident. The State Police Command is yet to establish the claim by the so-called militant group”, she declared.

The group, in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Aldo Agbalaja, declared: “The Opudo Strike Team of the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, at about 01. 00 hour today , 29th Sept 2016, bombed the Unenurhie-Evwreni delivery line in Ughelli South/North respectively operated by NPDC.”

It said the attack was a mark of its commitment to a just cause and to prove to the 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.

“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 doubt, 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.”

NDJM boasted that the same way the military’s Operation Crocodile Smile was sunk by its Operation Crocodile Tears was how all their schemes against its land and people would 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”, it added.