Festus Ahon & Perez Brisibe
UGHELLI – Suspected militants, Sunday morning blew up a pipeline operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC in Delta State.
Though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, NDGJM, an upland militant group has consistently carried out attacks on oil pipelines belonging to NPDC.
Confirming the incident, the Ughelli South council chairman, Mr Paul Etaga told Vanguard that the pipeline popularly known as Abura line, was bombed at about 7:30am on Sunday morning.
Etaga who in company of the Commanding Officer 222 battalion, Agbaraha-Otor, Lt. Col U. S Abdulsalam, the Ughelli South Division Police Officer, Oghenedoro Samuel and heads of other security agencies in the area visited the scene of the blast, said that the inferno from the blast has been curtailed by fire fighters drafted from the Otor-ogun Gas plant in Ughelli South.
“Though no arrest has been made, the security agencies are currently investigating the incident and are on the heels of the perpetrators so as to bring them to book,” he said.