Mil­i­tants at­tack oil pipe­line in Niger Delta

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

Mil­i­tants in Nige­ria’s south­ern Niger Delta oil hub at­tacked a pipe­line op­er­ated by the Nige­rian Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion, the state oil com­pany said on Wed­nes­day, a day af­ter re­gional lead­ers put a se­ries of de­mands to the Pres­i­dent.

Com­mu­nity lead­ers from the Niger Delta, which is the source of most of the Opec mem­ber’s oil, met Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari on Tues­day and asked him to pull the army out of the oil hub, or­der oil firms to move head­quar­ters there and spend more on de­vel­op­ment to end mil­i­tancy in the re­gion.

It was the first time Buhari had met lead­ers from the re­gion since mil­i­tants started a wave of at­tacks on oil pipe­lines in Jan­uary to push for the im­pov­er­ished re­gion to re­ceive a greater share of oil rev­enues.

The mil­i­tary said on Wed­nes­day troops tak­ing part in a rou­tine pa­trol in Delta State heard an ex­plo­sive sound, be­lieved to have been caused by at­tack­ers, at Batan Flow Sta­tion around Ek­w­ereg­bene. Sher­iff Mu­lade, a wit­ness, said the at­tack hap­pened at around 1200 GMT.

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