The Federal Government have started the repairs of the damaged pipelines in the oil-rich region which were destroyed by the Niger Delta Avengers while shunning the warning by the militants not to repair the pipelines.
According to a statement by the group which was released recently, the group warned that “We are going to redirect and reactivate all our activities if the government, oil companies and their services firms do not heed these modest warnings of not carrying out repair works and suspend the buying of crude oil from our region, as we await the right atmosphere that will engender genuine dialogue.”
According to Vanguard, some community sources said that soldiers were escorting badges, tugboats loaded with equipment and personnel heading for the repairs of the damaged facility of NGC, a subsidiary of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Sunday.
Chief Moses Bebenimibo, Chairman of Kunukunuma Federated Communities, also confirmed the development while saying that the contractor carrying out the maintenance, Melcurt Nigeria Limited, did not involve the host community.
Bebenimibo accused the Federal Government of being interested only in the oil that flows in the communities and not the well-being of the people, adding: “They are good in using the military to always intimidate and subdue us in matters that affect us as a people from this end.”