Gunmen have reportedly kidnapped a Romanian engineer working for Dextron Nigeria in the Niger Delta this week, another case of oil terrorism in Nigeria.
This follows a wave of militant attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Nigerian oil-rich region since the beginning of this year.
“Another serious form of insecurity has reared its head in the Niger Delta. The objective is to colonise the country economically by sabotaging oil and gas installations,” Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday during an audience with the Foreign Minister of Germany in Abuja.
Nigeria Gets Germany’s Help to Fight Oil Terrorism
“We are trying to speak with their leaders to know how many groups there are and we are also working with the oil companies,” media sources reported the president as saying.
The President explained that Germany agreed to help reduce oil theft in the West African country by helping with equipment, training and sharing of intelligence with the Nigerian Navy.
Nigerian militant attacks have been severely hindering the country’s oil output
“The militants engage in sophisticated sabotage, using skills they had gained from trainings either by government, or the oil companies, to vandalise installations deep in the sea. We need to understand who the real agitators are, and engage with them, so that confidence can be restored in the region,” the president stated further.
Militant Attacks Continue to Hinder Nigeria’s Oil Output
According to the president, repeated attacks continue to hold back production and deteriorate the economy.
The president was commenting on a statement by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) saying that the country’s current oil production was extremely low, at 1.6 million barrels per day (bpd), partly due to oil theft and vandalism.
Overall, the attacks have caused the country’s oil production to reach a 30-year low, losing over one million barrels of crude oil per day.
This has led Nigeria to lose its place as Africa’s top producer, which is now held by Angola.
The attacks have been attributed to the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) which emerged in the beginning of this year.