Despite the warning by the Niger Delta Avengers, the Federal Government has started repairing the damaged pipelines in the oil rich region.
“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,” the militant group had warned in June.
Community sources told Vanguard 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.
Chairman of Kunukunuma Federated Communities, Chief Moses Bebenimibo, who confirmed the development, said the contractor carrying out the maintenance, Melcurt Nigeria Limited, did not involve the host community.
Bebenimibo accused the Federal Government of being interested only on 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.”