Less than 24 hours after the Federal Government’s decision to reduce military presence in the Niger Delta, another Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) oil well has been attacked.
According to The Nation, Chevron’s oil well RMP20 in the Dibi oil fields, Warri North council area of Delta State, was attacked at about 1:00am yesterday just a week after the company’s two oil wells RMP23 and RMP24 – were attacked in the same area.
The insurgent group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), in a tweet, claimed responsibility for the attack.
The group also distanced itself from any negotiation with the Federal Government, saying: “this is to the general public; we’re not negotiating with any committee. If Federal Government is discussing wth any group, they’re doing that on their own.”
The Avengers’ denial of contacts with the government, which was in response to a media enquiry, was followed up with the night attack in Warri North.
“At 1:00am today, the @NDAvengers blew up Well RMP 20 belonging to Chevron located 20 meters away from Dibi Flow Station in Warri North LGA,” the group’s tweet said.
A source from the area confirmed that the facility was still on fire as at the time of filing this report in the evening.
“The incident at Chevron was around Dibi area; RMP Well 20. It happened around 1:00am and as I speak to you, it’s still on fire,” the source said.
Chevron’s General Manager on Policies, Government and Public Affairs, Prince Deji Haastrup, has said the company would not be making comments on the escalating situation.