Nigerian militant group the Niger Delta Avengers revealed that it bombed an oil pipeline in Nigeria’s southern energy hub and warned international oil firms (IOCs) not to carry out any repairs on damaged energy infrastructure
Nigeria’s oil output, which is close to 2.2mn barrels per day (bpd), fell to less than 1.3mn bpd this spring as militants attacked energy facilities.
The Avengers noted that it 'took down Chevron Escravos export pipeline at Escravos offshore" at around 3.45am. “This action is to further warn all IOCs that when we warn that there should be no repairs pending negotiation/dialogue with the people of the Niger Delta, it means there should be no repairs,” the group said on its website.
“Any attempt to use dialogue to distract us so as to allow the free flow of our oil will halt the dialogue process.”
Collins Edema, a local community leader, said, “We heard of it at the offshore but no one can ascertain the extent of the damage.
This is the first attack by the group, since late September when it attacked a crude export line as a "wake-up call".