23 May 2016, Yenagoa – A crude oil pipeline belonging to Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC , has been set ablaze in Ikienghenbiri community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, following a clash between rival armed groups over alleged disputed surveillance contract.
The incident, which occurred at 2a.m., Sunday, sources told Vanguard, caused panic in the riverside community with many residents fleeing their homes to neighbouring communities.
The latest skirmish is coming on the heels of calls by ex-militants in the Niger Delta under the aegis of Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative, LPCDI, on reneged militant groups in the region to stop attacks on oil and gas pipelines to allow President Muhammadu Buhari fulfill his electoral promises to the region.
Meanwhile, a group of armed youths from Ikienghenbiri community have been arrested for allegedly blowing up a major oil pipeline line owned by Agip with dynamites.
The armed men, who attacked the pipeline in the swamp of Azuzuama-Ikienghenbiri axis of the trunk conveying the crude oil from Tebidaba to Brass terminal, were allegedly led by Suoyou, Iyelawei and Fyneboy.
A statement, yesterday, in Yenagoa by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Jonathan Obuebite, said that the pipeline vandals were apprehended by youths of Azuzuama community, who got wind of the attack.
On the pipeline that was set ablaze, an indigene of Ikienghenbiri community told Vanguard that the armed groups were locked in struggle for control of the Tebidaba-Brass crude trunk line, which passed through the area.