Niger Delta Militants Blow Up Oil Facility In Bayelsa

A Niger Delta militant group, that styles itself Koluama Seven Brothers
on Sunday said it carried out a “warning” strike on an oil facility
owned by energy company Conoil in Bayelsa.

The attack was carried out on Friday, by the new group at 12:20 a.m. on Jan. 4 at Conoil’s Angle 2 Field.

The group said the attack “is just a warning”.

The organization said it had “no other option than to launch a strike to shut down Conoil” if demands were not met.

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps confirmed that a blast was heard on Friday around a Conoil pipeline in Bayelsa.

The militants threatened a production shut down at the facility owned by Mike Adenuga.

The
Koluama Seven Brothers said in a statement it would carry out further
strikes if its demands, including job creation, were not met by the
company and a traditional leader.

Conoil Producing Nigeria
operates six highly prospective blocks in the Niger Delta and produces
over 80,000 barrels of oil per day, according to information on its
website.

Attacks on pipelines and other facilities in the Niger
Delta reached a peak in 2016, cutting Nigeria’s crude production from as
much as 2.2 million barrels per day (mbpd) to near 1 mbpd – the lowest
level seen in at least 30 years, Reuters first reported.