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Nigeria Military Can’t Protect Your Facilities, Niger Delta Militants Warn Oil Firms

Niger Delta MilitantsA new group called Niger Delta Avengers have warned international oil companies operating in the region that Nigeria military cannot save them from their attacks, even as they bombed Chevron’s Okan platform on Wednesday.

The group, after blowing up the major Chevron oil and gas facility off Nigeria’s southern coast, warned international companies that “the Nigerian military can’t protect your facilities.”

This was even as the bombed Chevron oil and gas facility, a U.S.-based multinational said that it was forced to shut production in the region even though its exports will continue.

The militants said that the attack was part of the promised Muhammadu Buhari’s government to launch, saying: “this is what we promised the Nigeria government. Since they have refused to listen to us, we are going to bring the country’s economy to zero.”

They issued a statement threatening more attacks including in Abuja, the Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory and Lagos, the commercial centre of the country.

Security forces launched an offensive this year after militants renewed attacks that forced the closure of two oil refineries and a major export terminal, aggravating fuel and power shortages. President Buhari last week, ordered military chiefs to the region and vowed to treat “vandals and saboteurs” as terrorists. The military has denied reports of extrajudicial killings in the campaign but more than 10,000 civilians have fled the fallout.

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Nigerian Navy spokesman, Commodore Chris Ezekobe said today, Friday that the attack occurred Wednesday near Escravos terminal in the oil-rich southern Niger Delta.

Chevron spokesman, Deji Haastrup said the facility was shut down but would not say how much oil production is affected, saying: “it will not affect our commitment to export crude.”

The militants want a greater share of oil profits for communities whose fishing and agricultural grounds have been ravaged by oil pollution. They also object to the government winding down a 2009 amnesty program paying 30,000 former militants. The amnesty ended attacks that cut Nigerian oil production by 40 per cent and killed 1,000 people a year.

Chevron is the third-largest exporter in Nigeria, which is Africa’s biggest oil producer. [myad]