By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa – The well-3 head of the Agip Clough Creek flow station in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on the Atlantic fringe, was Tuesday, night rocked by explosion.
Though it could not be confirmed if the explosion had any link with the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND’s latest threat. A security source told Vanguard, that the explosion occurred at about 11pm.
“An explosion was heard in the early hours at Agip’s Clough Creek oil flow station at Egbema-Angalabiri in Ekeremor council of Bayelsa,” another security source hinted Vanguard.
The Italian oil firm could not be immediately reached for comment.
It was, however, gathered that the attack on the well head was launched by a renegade militant leader simply identified as ‘Commander’ Plasma.
The renegade militant leader, it was learnt, was being fingered in the attack based on a letter of demand he wrote to the management of Agip for the payment of an undisclosed amount of money or risk attack.
The security source said though the letter was written a fortnight ago, “the renegade militant leader is the first suspect.”
The source, however, distanced the Tuesday night explosion from the recent threat issued by MEND, some 24 hours earlier.
While it was learnt that the men of the JTF may have launched a manhunt for the renegade militant leader, other ex-militant leaders denied knowledge of anyone known by the name ‘General Commander’ Plasma.
Also, the relationship between the alleged renegade militant leader and MEND cannot be immediately ascertained.
Contacted, the JTF spokesman, Lt. Col Timothy Antigha, confirmed the explosion at the well head but said information on the incident was still sketchy.
He added that the incident was an isolated event and not connected to any group.
It will be recalled that MEND had, Tuesday, issued a fresh warning that it would now carry out bombing and attacks in Lagos, Abuja and Niger-Delta without prior notification as promised earlier since the government was treating its threat as a joke.
According to the statement, “The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, wishes to strongly advise the general public and all oil companies to disregard all attempts by the Nigerian government and security services in dismissing our latest threat.”