Terrorists Issue ‘Bloody’ Ultimatum To Oil & Gas Operators

Published at 11:03AM - 13/05/16

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have issued a two-week ultimatum to owners and operators of oil concessions to shut down their businesses and evacuate all their staff.

The Group claimed at least 90% of the platforms are owned by people outside the region and said it would shut down the companies permanently.

“If you don’t shut down, we will shut your stations permanently for you”, the group warned.

Terrorists Issue ‘Bloody’ Ultimatum To Oil & Gas Operators

“If at the end of the ultimatum, you are still operating, we will blow up all the locations. It will be bloody. So just shut down your operations and leave”, read a statement by the Group.

The statement by the group’s spokesperson also warned Chevron not to repair the valve blown up last week, or several casualties would be recorded. “We made it clear that no repair works should be done until our demands are fully met”, it said.

Despite the threat, the new military leader Rear Admiral Mohammed Garba warned the militants against further bombings and vowed to end militant activities in the region, with a zero tolerance policy.

Niger Delta Avengers Oil And Gas Attack Damage
Niger Delta Avengers Oil And Gas Attack Damage

Nigeria No Longer Top Producer

Following the widespread attacks on oil facilities, Nigeria’s oil production has fallen and slipped behind Angola, making the latter the current top producer in Africa.

In February, Shell stopped oil shipments after an attack on a key pipeline and was forced to evacuate a major oil field after threats of an attack. Chevron also shut down a facility after a security breach. The attacks also hit pipelines supplying local refineries and power lines.

The NDA group aims to “cripple the Nigerian economy” unless the government accedes to its demands, namely the immediate cleanup of the Ogoniland and the continuation of an amnesty programme for militants in the region.