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Militants Destroy Major Oil Line in Delta

An Abura oil pipeline, a major oil trunkline operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, went up in flames early Sunday morning in Delta state, and lasted for about five hours, according to official reports.

The swift intervention of the fire service from the Otorogu Gas Plant was what prevented the raging fire from spreading to residential buildings which was just less than a kilometre from the scene of the incident.
The pipeline located at the Osieta Avenue near Otu-Jeremi in Ughelli South Local Government Area of the state is believed to have been blown up by militants which had carried out similar attacks in recent past.

Although, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, militant group, Niger Delta Avengers has been behind most attacks on oil facilities in the region, the latest being one perpetrated on 15th November, 2016.

“At about 11.45pm November 15, 2016, our Elite Strike Team 03 struck Nembe 1, 2 and 3 truck line operated by Agip, Oando and Shell with supply capacity of 300,000 barrel per day to Bonny export terminal in Bayelsa State, Avengers claimed in a statement.

Former militant commanders under the aegis of National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators have also rejected the entire 16 point demands presented to President Muhammadu Buhari by leaders and representatives of the region led by elder statesman, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clarke.

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