Days after President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to deal with pipeline vandals same way as Boko Haram, a group known as the Niger Delta Avengers has vowed to carry out more attacks.According to Reuters, the Niger Delta Avengers says it carried out the attack on a Shell underwater pipeline in February which interrupted oil flows and forced the company to shut down its 250,000 barrel-a-day Forcados export terminal for weeks.
The Niger Delta Avengers were quoted to have said: “We are not deterred by such threats as we are highly spirited and shall continue blowing up pipelines until the Niger Delta people are no longer marginalised by the Nigerian actors.”
The report further states that the Niger Delta Avengers said their actions are aimed at ensuring that local people enjoy a quality of life which ‘reflects the region’s contribution to the national purse.’
“We take no pleasure in claiming innocent lives hence our struggle is geared toward attacking the oil installations in our region and not the people. And we shall stop at nothing until our goal is achieved.”