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Again, Niger delta avengers on
Tuesday morning attacked an export line operated by Chevron Nigeria Limited at
Escravos in the Warri South West Council Area of Delta State.

The attack, which the Niger Delta
Avengers, claimed responsibility for, reportedly occurred at about 3:45am.

It marks the first attack by the
militant group on an oil facility since it announced a ceasefire and nominated
the Chief Edwin Clark-led Pan Niger Delta Group to hold talks on its behalf
with the Federal Government.

A statement sent made available on
its twitter handle and signed by NDA spokesman, Mudoch Agbinibo, warned
multinational oil companies to stop repairs on any facility earlier attacked by
its strike force.

The statement read, “Today at about
3:45am, our strike team 06 took down Chevron’s Escravos export pipeline at
Escravos offshore. This action is to further warn all the IOCs that when we
warn that there should be no repairs pending negotiation/dialogue with the
people of the Niger Delta, it means there should be no repairs.

“Any attempt to use dialogue to
distract us so as to allow the free flow of our oil will halt the dialogue
process.”

A military source confirmed the
attack to our correspondent.

Local sources also confirmed the
incident, saying that they heard loud explosion from Chevron’s Okan field in
Ugborodo area in the early hours of Tuesday.

An oil industry source, who
confirmed the attack, described it as a major setback to oil production in the
country, especially now that some improvement in oil production was being
recorded.

When contacted, the General
Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Nigeria, Mr. Deji
Haastrup, said, “As a matter of longstanding policy, we do not comment on the
safety of our personnel or security of our assets.”

The attack comes barely six days to
the long awaited meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and Niger Delta
leaders led by Clark slated for October 31 in Abuja.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government
has said that Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited has
resumed crude oil exports from the Forcados terminal eight months after it was
shut down following militant attacks.

The Senior Special Assistant on
Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, disclosed this
in a statement on Tuesday.

The Director, Global Upstream, Shell Oil Company, Mr. Andrew
Brown, was said to have informed the President of the resumption of oil
exportation through the Forcados terminal at a meeting with the President at
the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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