Avengers and other militant groups have destroyed 560 barrels

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– Avengers and other militant groups have destroyed 560 barrels of crude and 109m litres of petroleum products between January and May 2016

– 1447 incidents of pipeline breaches have also occured within the same period– NNPC and NSCDC to collaborate to put an end to pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta Region Nigeria has lost 560 barrels of crude to the refineries as feedstock and 109 million litres of petroleum products between January and May2016, following the destruction of oil assets by agitating militants in Niger Delta. This was disclosed by Dr. Maikanti Baru, the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), during a courtesy visit to the Commandant General of the Nigerian Security Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Abdudullahi Gani Muhammadu, at the Corps Headquarters in Abuja. Baru also disclosed that the NNPC has suffered 1447 incidents of pipeline breaches within the same period, The Guardian reports.

Avengers and other militant groups have destroyed 560 barrels of crude and 109m litresof petroleum products between January and May 2016.He added:“The 2016 National Budget plan wasbased on 2.2 million barrels per day of crude oil production. However, the budget plan is now grossly impacted due to renewed militancy with 700,000 bpd of oil production curtailed due to pipeline vandalism.”Baru revealed that natural gas supply to power plants has also been impacted resulting in a drop from 1400 million standard cubic feet of gas per day to below 700 mmscfd, and a drop in power generation to 2500 megawatts from 3000MW owing directly or indirectly to the impact on the pipelines.

However, he called for a deeper collaboration with the NSCDC for enhanced protection of pipelines, gas stations, mega stations, refineries and other critical oil infrastructure across the country.Responding, the Commandant General of NSCDC, Muhammadu said the mandate of the Corps is to protect critical national infrastructure including oil installations.He assured the NNPC of its readiness to bring pipeline vandalism to an end.

The Niger Delta Avengers on Thursday, August18, threatened thatit will declare a Niger Delta Republic on October 1,should President Muhammadu Buhari fail to restructure the country.In a statement released on the website of the Avengers, Mudoch Agbinibo, spokesman of theAvengers, said that the Niger Delta no longer wants to be part of Nigeria.Niger Delta Avengers had claimed responsibility for major attacks on oil facilities in the region in recent past, vowing not to relent until the nation’s economy was completely crippled.However, the militant group on Sunday, August21, declared aceasefire while indicating its readiness for negotiation with the federal government.

The group accused of attacking oil installations in the Niger Delta region of the country, said in a statement it trusts the outcome of a negotiation team being planned by Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, and other elders of the region.With this ceasefire, the group may also reconsider its plan to declare independence from Nigeria on October 1.

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