N’Delta: Ex-Militants Resume Hostilities…Blow Up Pipelines Supplying Gas To Warri, Lagos, Abuja
Barely hours after a federal high court in Lagos issued an arrest warrant on ex-Niger Delta warlord, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, over alleged multi-billion naira fraud, some ex-militants, suspected to be regrouping in the creeks for fresh hostilities, Thursday night, blew up a gas pipeline in Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State conveying gas from Escravos–Warri-Lagos-Abuja. The affected gas line is believed to be the property of the Nigeria Gas Company, NGC.
The attackers were said to be busy exploding bombs and shooting guns indiscriminately all through the night during which they blew up the gas pipeline from Escravos to Warri – Lagos and Abuja at three different points. They also struck at Opudebubor, Okpelama and Kpokpo area, Chanomi creek and Sahara, behind Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL.
Few hours before the attack, Tompolo had raised the alarm that some persons were planning to bomb crude oil facilities and pipelines and other facilities in the Niger Delta and attribute the havoc to him.
He cited those allegedly dissatisfied with the re-election of Governor Henry Seriake-Dickson of Bayelsa state as the mastermind of the alleged plot and urged them to desist from their plan.
His words, “I want to admonish those that are still aggrieved as a result of the outcome of the election not to resort to destruction of national assets, especially crude oil facilities and pipelines and attribute it to me because of my position on the election.”
He asserted that destroying crude oil facilities would not do the country any good and urged them “to support the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to succeed.”
Tompolo also alleged that he was being persecuted for refusing to support the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate, in the Bayelsa election, Timipre Sylva in the just concluded election.