Militants attack oil pipeline in Niger Delta
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.