Militants dares Buhari, N’ Delta elders, bombs oil facility

Chidi Samuel

Militant elements in the Niger Delta region made good their threat to resume bombing of oil facilities in the region Wednesday as they attacked an oil field operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) in Delta State. 

The attack coming less than 24 hours after elders from the Niger Delta region met with President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock, confirms Alabingo’s Wednesday report that the militant’s were bent persisting with their attacks on oil facilities despite President Buhari’s meeting with stakeholders from the region.

Olaolu Daudu, spokesman of the joint force code-named ‘Operation Delta Safe’ confirmed the latest attack, saying investigations had commenced.

Daudu said troops deployed to the area heard an explosion at the Bantan Flow Station run by NPDC, a subsidiary of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

“Troops of Operation Delta Safe located at Sector 1, in Delta while on routine patrol heard an explosive sound caused by suspected economic saboteurs at Batan Flow Station around Ekweregbene, Bantan general area,” he said.

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“The incident is however, being investigated and details will be made available as events unfold.”