Nigeria: Insecurity Persists In South, North East
Rebels attacked crude oil pipeline in Delta State on Monday and suspected Boko Haram terrorists killed people in Borno State.
Since Monday, September 18, 2016, Nigeria has suffered two major attacks in the oil-rich Niger Delta region in the southern part of the country and suspected Boko Haram attacks in Borno State in the north eastern part of the country, news agencies reports say. On Monday, a militant group claimed an attack on a crude oil pipeline in Delta State , the second attack on the same line in less than a week. Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) spokesman Aldo Agbalaja is cited as saying that, « Opudo strike force, at about 11:30 pm on September 18, 2016, struck the Afiesere-Ekiugbo delivery line in Ughelli, operated by NPDC/Shoreline. »
The rebel group reportedly hit the same pipeline last Tuesday and vowed to ground the Nigerian economy which is already in recession. « All agrarian products in the area surrounding the scene of the incident have been damaged as a result of the blast, » news agencies quoted a resident of the nearby Ekuigbo community, Efemena Akposire as saying. A military officer reportedly disclosed, « unlike previous attacks carried out by the group where they hack-sawed the pipelines, dynamite was used in this case. »
In the north eastern part of the country, army and local residents said that two suspected Boko Haram attacks left 14 people dead and three soldiers wounded on Monday. « Suspected elements of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists who were foraging for food, ambushed troops… escorting commercial vehicles from Damboa to Maiduguri, » army spokesman Sani Usman is quoted as saying.