The Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) has been hit by a major setback in operation as indications emerged on Tuesday that armed militants operating in the Niger Delta allegedly bombed a gas pipeline belonging to the oil giant at Ogbembiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
This Day gathered that the attack, which occurred on Sunday, incited questions on security agencies’ incompetence to protect oil installations within the region.
Speaking on the development, a source, who craved to be anonymous, said:
“Agip awarded the contract for security surveillance and repairs of the pipeline in case of a breach to a contractor from the community.
“So, the contractor enjoys dual contract of protecting the pipeline and also repairing it whenever there is a leakage. But it is baffling how the pipeline increasingly comes under attack.”
The source added “it is a major pipeline because it supplies gas for domestic consumption”, noting that Agip had spent a lot of money fixing it.
“While the pipeline is said to be relatively safe in other communities, it is continuously breached in the Southern Ijaw community.”
It was gathered that the gunmen stormed the community in droves at about 9 pm on Sunday, traced the pipeline and then destroyed it at the same point where it had been repaired after the previous attack.
It would be recalled, a resurgent group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), which has claimed responsibility for string of attacks on pipelines, has warned oil firms to leave the region within two weeks.