Niger Delta militants attack Agip Oil, threatens other bomb blasts
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) attacked and destroyed the trunk line of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in coastal Brass in Bayelsa State. MEND also vowed to reduce Nigeria’s oil production to zero at the right time and drive off the oil companies in the crude oil and gas-rich Niger Delta region.
According to the Nation, it also declared that its fighters were responsible for the recent attack on the compound of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, at Ogbobagbene in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.
The militant group accused President Goodluck Jonathan of squandering public funds on tribalistic sycophants and thugs, calling themselves ex-militants, rather than addressing the serious issues facing the nation and its citizens.
MEND, in an online statement yesterday, signed by its Spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, said the attack on the Agip’s facility in Bayelsa state was carried out around 7:30 pm on Saturday.
It noted that the relatively insignificant attack was a reminder of the militant group’s presence in the creeks of the Niger Delta and a sign of things to come.
The Vanguard also reported that the militant group issued the warning in an internet post by its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, shortly after it bombarded the National Agip Oil Company, NAOC, trunk line at Brass in Bayelsa state on Saturday.
In a disguised reference to the tribulation of its assumed leader, Henry Okah and postponement of his trial in by a South-African court, the militant group said the South Africa President has reduced himself to a mercenary of President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to it: “In the dark days to come, MTN, SACOIL, and other South African investments will pay a heavy price for the interference of Jacob Zuma in the legitimate fight for justice in the Niger Delta by its people. The South African President has reduced himself to the position of a hired thug for Goodluck Jonathan”.
“The general public is again advised to take very seriously, any warnings of impending bombings. Such warnings will always precede a bombing, providing sufficient time for evacuation. Specific members of the security services and the media will in addition to email, receive notification of an impending attack, by SMS in order to minimize the possibility of civilian casualties”, it stated.