By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, South South, Egufe Yafugborhi & Perez Brisibe
WARRI—SUSPECTED militants in a twin attack, yesterday, bombed two oil installations belonging to an oil exploration company, near Batan community in Delta State.
Details of the attack were sketchy at press time, but locals said the explosions occurred at 12.05 a.m., yesterday.
The double strikes came as Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, denied claim by the Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, that he met with the militant group at Oporoza, saying he was apparently defrauded by some fraudsters.
Meanwhile, the Niger Delta Suicides, NDS, another militant group in the region, has warned that it would devastate the economy in different forms if the Federal Government refused to create a genuine platform for talks with militants.
Chairman of Batan community, Dickson Ogugu, who confirmed the attack, said: “We heard a double explosion at 12:05a.m., between Camp 3 and Kokologbene communities.”
A security officer attached to 3 Battalion, Effurun, near Warri, who also spoke to Vanguard, said a team of military personnel had been drafted in company of a surveillance team to ascertain the extent of damage to the facilities.
Spokesman of Avengers, self-styled Brig Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, while reacting to the alleged visit of Dalung to Oporoza, yesterday, said: “The Minister of Youth and Sports, Dalung, narrated how he met some self-acclaimed Niger Delta Avengers in Oporoza, Gbaramatu Kingdom. We are here to let the public know that some fraudsters have defrauded the Minister.
“Avengers couldn’t have sent representatives to meet a common minister. Dalung has been defrauded by fraudsters, he did not hold any meeting with us. Let me make it clear that any meeting with the Avengers that the international community is not a part of, we will not be part of such dialogue as well,” Agbinibo added.
Also, NDS, in a statement by its spokesperson, Amakiri, said: “We wish to warn the present government and those clamouring to frustrate the efforts of Niger Delta Avengers to have a rethink and create a genuine platform for dialogue, otherwise, we will use our oil to survive and they will eat their yam.
“This fight is a fight by everyone, including children yet unborn. Thank God, we have successfully planted Adaka Borohs and Tompolos everywhere. So, we are waiting,” he said.