Niger Delta Avengers, reported to have gone underground after the shattering bombing of oil and gas facilities in Warri, Delta State, last week, roared from its hideout, this morning, threatening to not only spill blood, but also attack the headquarters of Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, in Lekki-Lagos and its tank farm.
The militant group in an email statement, entitled, “Don’t dare the Avengers,” at about 12.17 am, Thursday, by its spokesperson, Col. Mudoch Agbinibo, stated that it warned CNL not carry out repairs on the Valve Platform bombed by the group on May 5 and reiterated that if government and the company stubbornly disobey the warning, the consequences would be dire.
It stated: “From our investigation, Chevron Plc is about to carry out repair works at the Valve platform that was blown by us (Niger Delta Avengers). We made it clear that no repair works should be done until our demands are fully met.”
“Chevron have (sic) been operating in the Niger Delta region for over 40 years and no day has their terminals gone without electricity. While the host communities and villages are all (sic) basic amenities (portable drinking water, schools, hospitals, roads, electricity). They have part with the federal government to undermine the people of the region leaving it to rot.
“When we blew the Chevron Valve Platform, it resulted to total blackout in the Escravos Tank farm for more than three hours. If we (Niger Delta Avengers) can do it, just know that we are capable of bringing down your tank farm if you continue with repair works on the blown valve platform,” Col Agbinibo asserted.
He added: “Chevron and Nigeria Government are pushing us to do (sic) against our belief. Despite making it clear we are not after innocent human lives but as it is going, we might cause human casualties if they do not listen to us.”
The group warned: “Be informed that if we decides (sic) to strike, it going to be bloody. And the contracting firm going to do the repair works we want you to know that your facilities and staff will be our first casualties.”
“Our warning to Chevron is that despite the heavy presence of military in the creeks, it will not stop us from carrying out our operations. We are ready to destroy more pipelines; we will not only destroy pipelines, but will bring the fight to your tank farm and your headquarters in Lekki, Lagos.
“If you continue to undermine us and go ahead with the repair works, you won’t see us coming, but we are coming for you,” the Niger Delta Avengers said.