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– The Niger Delta militants have blown up the Escravos in Delta state – The source described the bombing as a “big blow” to oil production in the country The Cable informs that the Niger Delta militants have bombed a section of the Escravos gas trunkline behind salvation city, near Ogbe-Ijoh in Warri South West local government area of Delta state.
One of the sources told reporters that the incident occurred in the early hours of May 20, Friday.
He defined the attack as a “big blow” to gas production in Nigeria, disclosing that the facility belongs to phase two of the Escravos-Lagos gas pipeline owned by the Nigerian Gas Company Limited (NGC).
Eric Omare, a spokesperson for the Ijaw Youth Council, said the attack happened around the village of Ogbe Ijoh, near Warri.
READ ALSO: Niger Delta militants attack Shell facility “The explosion occurred last night on the pipeline belonging to NNPC,” said Omare.
The pipeline links the Escravos oil terminal to Warri and supplies gas to various parts of the country.
Nigeria has seen renewal in militant attacks in the oil-rich southern region in the last few weeks, with strikes on pipelines and oil facilities.
These bombings reduced oil output to the lowest in almost three decades and increasing a rally in world crude prices.
The government of President Buhari has directed his army to deal with the militants with a heavy hand.
The new militant group Niger Delta Avengers, that appeared recently, said they have nothing to do with older militants and unveiled the list of their demands.
READ ALSO: Niger Delta: President Buhari meets with Shell team (Photos) Escravos Lagos pipeline was attacked in February, causing the shortage of 3,132 megawatts of electricity, and difficulties for operators of power generation plants.


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