The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has destroyed a pipeline belonging to American Oil Giant, Chevron Nigeria Limited, last weekend, in Warri area of Delta State.
The bombed pipeline which linked crude oil produced on the Olero to Abiteye was sabotaged at about 11:00pm on Friday, barely a day after it was repaired following similar attack by the group.
MEND had vowed not to allow repair works on any of the damaged oil facilities in the region, but the Joint Task Force (JTF) said the attack on the pipeline was by a few disgruntled people.
An online statement by the militant group’s spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo said “at about 2000 hours today, Friday, July 10, 2009, our fighters revisited the recently repaired Chevron pipeline linking Alero creek through Abiteye to the Chevron export terminal in Delta State and destroyed it again”.
The latest attack is coming on the heels of the amnesty offered the MEND leader, Mr. Henry Okah, hitherto standing trial for alleged treason and felony. On Thursday, he accepted the amnesty offer with President Yar’Adua approving his unconditional release and overseas treatment for his kidney problem.
MEND spokesman has said that his group had resolved to square soldiers it encounters in the course of attacks on oil facilities because it sees the soldiers posted to the region “as victims and will avoid a confrontation except it is absolutely necessary.”
Meanwhile, MEND has praised the appointment of Chief Timi Alaibe as the Special Adviser to the president on the Niger Delta, as a welcome development, a man they respect and can work with.