26 May 2016, Warri — The Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, has blown up Chevron’s main pipeline that supplies gas and provides electricity to the Escravos tank farm in Delta.
The militant group, which has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks in the region, confirmed the attack via its twitter handle, @NDAvengers.
“We Warned Chevron but they didn’t Listen. @NDAvengers has just blown up the Escravos tank farm Main Electricity Feed PipeLine,” the violent group tweeted.
The attack came after the expiration of the two-week ultimatum which the group issued to oil companies operating in the region.
Chevron has suffered the worst attacks in the resurgence of militant activities in the Niger Delta.
After blowing its valve platform in Warri south-west local government area of Delta state, the group threatened to hit Chevron headquarters in Lagos.
“When we blew the Chevron Valve Platform, it resulted in a total blackout in the Escravos Tank farm for more than three hours. If we (Niger Delta Avengers) can do it, just know that we are capable of bringing down your tank farm if you continue with repair works on the blown valve platform,” the group said in a statement.
“The contracting firm doing the repair works, know that your facilities and staff will be our first casualties.
“Despite the heavy presence of Military in the creeks, it will not stop us from carrying out our operations. We are ready to destroy more pipelines, we won’t only destroy pipelines, but will bring the fight to your tank farm and your Headquarters in Lekki, Lagos.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the military to step up its operations and crush the militants.