A group that claimed responsibility for the attack on a pipeline in the South-South geopolitical zone, Niger Delta Avengers, has vowed to continue in its attack of pipeline in spite of President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent threat to deal with pipeline vandals.
Niger Delta Avengers in a statement said, “We are not deterred by such threats as we are highly spirited and shall continue blowing up pipelines until the Niger Delta people are no longer marginalised by the Nigerian actors.”
The group had said it carried out the attack on a Shell underwater pipeline in February which interrupted oil flows and forced the company to shut down its 250,000 barrel-a-day Forcados export terminal for weeks.
It said the attack on pipeline was a struggle towards ensuring that local people enjoy quality of life which “reflects the region’s contribution to the national purse.
“We take no pleasure in claiming innocent lives hence our struggle is geared toward attacking the oil installations in our region and not the people. And we shall stop at nothing until our goal is achieved,” the group said.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had last week issued a warning to all pipeline vandals and saboteurs, saying his administration will treat them like it’s doing with Boko Haram insurgents.