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Emmanuel Udom-Managing Editor, Stephen Dijo Philemon-Deputy Editor, Janet Udom-Senior Correspondent, Precious Udom-Senior Correspondent, Williams Ita-Bureau Chief(Akwa Ibom/Cross River), Fabian Idoko-Senior Correspondent

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    Sunday, 18 September 2016

    N51billion down the line as rampaging avengers hit 14 targets in two months

     The monthly financial operations report issued by The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation revealed that N51billion was spent to fix the various pipelines bombed by suspected militants and vandals between January to April, 2016 across the federation.

    The report further stated that NNPC spent N33.994 billion for pipeline repairs and management during the period under review.

    Our correspondent recalled that on June 16, 2016 rampaging Niger-Delta Avengers hit 14 targets. The NDA in a recent post on its twitter claimed responsibility for the bombing of yet another pipeline at Akwa Ibom state.
    The pipeline, which belongs to The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), was bombed three days after the federal government offered to dialogue with the militants.

    The NNPC pipeline, located at Oruk Anam local government area of Akwa Ibom state was wrecked by militants at about4.am that fateful day.
    Check revealed that the latest incident has added to 14 the number of hits successfully carried out by the avengers between May and June, 2016.
    For instance on Wednesday February 10, avengers claimed responsibility for the Bonny Soku Export Gas line attack, saying that the group also attacked  Agip Brass crude oil pipelines in Bayelsa, Escravos in Warri Delta state, a  crude oil pipeline in Escravos Lagos and  Abuja gas pipeline, Alero Dibi Abiteye crude oil pipeline and also, the Escravos -Abiteye gas line.
    Three days after on Saturday, February 13, 2016 blew up another major export line being operated by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC).
    Friday, February 19, the avengers again bombed the Clough Creek Tebidaba Agip Pipeline Manifold in Bayelsa State.
    Below are some of the hits recorded by the avengers:  
    Wednesday, May 4, 2016 – At about 10:40pm, the Niger Delta Avengers said it had blown up the Chevron valve platform. The avengers claimed the platform is the most significant platform for Chevron because it is the main connecting point linking other platforms and it is also a fulcrum to Chevron’s Blow Out Preventer (BOP) and the Chevron tank farm.
    Thursday, May 5, 2016 – The avengers group wrote on its website that the group’s Strike Team 4 hit the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) crude and gas lines.
    Thursday, May 5, 2016 – Strike Team 7 of the Niger Delta avengers blew up Well D25 in Abiteye belonging to Chevron.
    Saturday, May 21, 2016 – The NDA group blew up Nembe 1, 2 and 3 Brass to Bonny Trunk Line belonging to Agip and Shell.
    Wednesday, May 25, 2016 – “We Warned #Chevron but they didn’t Listen. @NDAvengers just blew up the Escravos tank farm Main Electricity Feed PipeLine” the NDA group posted on its page.
    Thursday, May 26, 2016 – On this day at 11:45pm, the NDA group blew up another #NNPC Gas and Crude trunk line close to Warri despite the presence of the Military guarding the facility.
    Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – The avengers said despite the heavy presence of 100 gunboats, 4 warships and jet bombers, they blew up Chevron Oil Well RMP 23 and RMP 24.
    Thursday, June 2, 2016 – “At about 2:00am today @NDAvengers blew up the Ogboinbiri to Tebidaba and Clough Creek to Tebidaba Crude Oil pipelines in Bayelsa State” the avengers claimed on its Twitter page.
    Thursday, June 2, 2016 – The Avengers blew up the SPDC Forcados 48″ Export line. The reason given by the Avengers for the attack was that they warned SPDC not to go ahead with repair works but they refused.
    Friday, June 3, 2016 – The NDA group said it blew up the Obi Obi Brass Trunk line belonging to Agip ENI. The Avengers claimed it is Agip’s major crude oil line in Bayelsa State.
    Thursday, June 16, 2016 – The group claimed responsibility for the attack on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline in Oruk Anam Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom.
    But, NDA gave the FG stringent conditions when it indicated interest to dialogue with the Muhammed Buhari-led regime on how best to go about bringing peace to the Niger-Delta region.

    Mudoch Agbinibo, spokesman for the militant group in a recent statement posted on the site of the group said that “the avenger was ready to negotiate with the government if there are good grounds for such deliberation”.

    According to Agbinibo, “the high command of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) is using this medium to restate that there are no new items to put on the table for dialogue, we only want a genuine attitude and conducive atmosphere that will make us commit to any proposed dialogue and last peace talk.”

    The militants however insisted that NDA cannot be teleguided by Charles Okah and Henry Okah from their respective prison cells using disorganized characters of the All Progressive Congress  (APC), from the Niger Delta to impress Abuja.
    Therefore, Chief Edwin Clark, a frontline elder from the region has been approved to lead the Pan Niger Delta Negotiations/Dialogue Team, whenever this wicked entity called Nigeria shows readiness.

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