A militant group in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), on Wednesday blew up Chevron Oil Well. Channels TV reports.
The group said the attack on the facility occurred at about 3:44 a.m.
A tweet on the group’s Twitter handle read: “With the heavy presence of 100 Gunboats, 4 Warships and Jet Bombers NDA blew up Chevron Oil Well RMP 23 and RMP 24 3:44am this Morning”.
According to the NDA, the attack was carried out to “show the whole world that Nigeria Military is good in harassing innocent Civilians”.
It further explained in another tweet that RMP 24 and RMP 23 are Chevron Swamp Highest producing Wells.
The Niger Delta Avengers had last week said something big was coming, without giving details.
The NDA attacked Chevron’s oil wells at Dibi, Warri North Local Government Area, while soldiers, who had laid siege to Oporoza and other Gbaramatu communities in Warri South West Local Government Area, in the last five days, were carrying out cordon-and-search operations for arms and ammunition.
Ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, who seems to be the chief target of the Joint Task Force, JTF, in the Niger Delta, in a statement, claimed he had relocated from Gbaramatu Kingdom, but it appears the military does not believe him.
The attack came weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari had promised oil companies carrying out mining activities in the region that the government had intensified efforts to end the attacks on their facilities.
Confirming the incident, a security staff of the company said that the head office of the company had been contacted on the incident and efforts were on to curtail the spill.