Niger Delta militants attack oil pipeline in southern Nigeria

Militant group Niger Delta Avengers Saturday said it attacked an important export pipeline in Nigeria’s oil-rich south.

It was the group’s first attack since it last month agreed to stop assaults in the Niger Delta.

The militants attacked the Bonny export line Friday evening as “a wake-up call” for President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, the group’s spokesman, Mudoch Agbinibo, said in a statement.

“While we were promised that the concerns of Niger Delta will be addressed once a truce is declared, the activities of the government and her agents are not assuring enough, there has been no progress and no breakthrough,” according to the spokesman.

Militant attacks on oil fields and pipelines in the Niger Delta regularly cause a slump in oil production.

Nigeria is Africa’s largest oil producer and the sixth largest oil producer in the world. Some 70 per cent of state income depends on oil and gas in Africa's largest national economy.

Last update: Sat, 24/09/2016 - 19:00

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