The leading militant group operating in the oil-rich region of southern Nigeria, the Niger Delta Avengers, on Sunday night, July 24, 2016, allegedly blew up the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, gas pipeline at Nsite Ibom Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State.
In a statement, the spokesperson of the militant group, Mudoch Agbinibo, confirmed the attack, challenging the NNPC to “check their pipeline if it is ‘system anomaly.’ ”
“At 11:30pm on Sunday, the NDA blow up Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), gas pipeline at Nsit-Ibom L.G.A, Akwa Ibom state. NNPC should check their pipeline if it’s “system Anomaly,” the statement said.
Asking the NNPC to check if it was system anomaly is an allusion to the exchange between the militant group and Exxon Mobil, which initially denied an attack on its export line in Akwa-Ibom state, saying that it was a “system anomaly,” only to declare force majeure days later.