Navy foils attempt to bomb NNPC facility
Vandalism cost BEDC N6. 5m, says manager
Vigilant Nigerian Navy personnel foiled an attempt by suspected militants to blow up a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil facility at Bennett Island area in Warri, Delta State at the weekend.
It was learnt that the militants tried to attack the facility with explosives to make an “independence day statement.”According to a naval source at around 9: 45p.m., a boat with three men on board sneaked into the facility under the cover of the dark.
Alert naval personnel on duty lit up the boat and on sighting the men trying to plant an explosive device fired warning shots at them. The militants quickly retreated from the area, throwing the explosive device into the river. The device exploded with a loud bang that was heard across the Warri city.
The loud bang rattled residents of Ibeji and Shaguolo areas with many wondering on the social media that night what was going on.It was learnt that the militants decided to throw the explosive into the river because it could explode in their boat as they tried to escape.
In the light of the persistent sabotage, the Commander of NNS Delta, Commodore Joseph Djunve has appealed to the Ogbe-Ijoh people and the surrounding communities to be vigilant and inform the navy of any strange movement in their localities. Ogbe Ijoh is close to the location where the militants made their attempt.
Djunve equally urged the people to expose the people involved in oil bunkering, as their activities may affect their community.Meanwhile, the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) has said an estimated sum of N6.5million has been lost to pipeline vandalism in Agbor, Ogwashi-Uku communities of Delta State.
The BEDC Agbor District Manager, Mr. Cutis Nwadel, told journalists yesterday in Agbor that the persistent sabotage of pipelines was responsible for poor power supply.
Nwadel said: “The poor power supply to Agbor and its environs is due to the continuous vandalism of gas pipelines by suspected agitators. This has drastically affected power generation. We have lost close to N6.5million to vandals, we want the security agents to help us arrest the situation.”
The BEDC chief said the company would do its best to satisfy customers and re-assured customers that Agbor district has all it takes to maintain steady power supply to the people when the situation normalises.
Residents of Ogwashi-Uku and its environs are still not sure of when electricity supply will be restored. Those who spoke to our reporter appealed to the security agents to stop the vandals.