The Niger Delta militants yesterday blew up Chevron-operated RMP 20 Well at Didi community in Egbema, Warri North Local Government area of Delta State. The blast has been said to futher disrupt the productio of oil in the country which has reduced from 2.2m bpd to 1.6m bpd in the last few weeks.The attack was said to have occurred about 1:00am on Wednesday.
Although there was no official confirmation yesterday, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) in a series of tweets claimed responsibility for the blast.
The well, according to the tweets, is 20 metres away from Dibi Flow Station in Warri North Local Government Area of the state.
The blast obviously signifies the group’s rejection of the federal government’s olive branch by its setting up of a negotiation committee headed by the National Security Adviser (NSA) Babagana Munguno, as well as the standing down order to the military in the Niger Delta region yesterday.
“This is to the general public: We’re not negotiating with any committee. If the federal government is discussing with any group, they’re doing that on their own,” the group warned.
The last economic sabotage embarked upon by the group was last Friday’s destruction of Shell’s 48-inch Forcados underbelly export terminal pipeline located at Ogulagha and Odimodi communities in Burutu Local Government area of the state.