A militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate have claimed responsibility for the destruction of a crude oil delivery line belonging to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company crossing Afiesere- Iwhrenene communities in Ughelli North Council Area of Delta State.
The group called the attack one in a series in which they’re calling ‘Operation Crocodile tears’ which seems like a means of mocking the Nigerian army who have an operation in place to combat the militants called ‘Operation Crocodile smile’.
The attack occurred at around 1am and was confirmed by the spokesperson for the militant group, Aldo Agbalaja.
Agbalaja said, “As a mark of our faith to totally grounding the Nigerian oil economy, the gallant “Opudo” strike forces brought down the Afiesere- Iwhrenene major delivery line in Ughelli North, leading to the UPS/UQCC operated by NPDC/SHORELINES at about 1am today 13th september 2016.
“The Niger Delta is not a conquered territory and our people have never succumbed to intimidation before, rather we match force with the oppressor’s brutality.
“The Nigerian government should already know that the people of this part are not fools, who will not be able to see when they are being treated with disdain.”
The militant group also warned all those living around the area to evacuate so as not to be caught up in the attacks. “For the last time, leave these areas if you live around them and if you love your lives.” they said.