Militants warn of “zero” oil output in new attacks

The Niger Delta Avengers militant group claimed three new attacks on the country’s battered oil infrastructure on Friday, promising to bring Nigeria’s oil production to “zero.”

The attacks are the latest in a spate of violence in the Niger Delta region that last month cut production to a 22-year low and has put more pressure on Nigeria’s stretched finances.

Early on Friday, the group said via its Twitter account it had blown up a pipeline in Bayelsa State owned by Italy’s ENI, hours after attacks on another ENI pipeline as well as one belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC).

“At about 3:30am our (@NDAvengers) strike team blew up the Brass to Tebidaba Crude oil line in Bayelsa,” the separatist militant group said on its Twitter handle.

In a press release, the group said its attacks had brought Nigeria’s oil production to just 800,000 barrels per day (bpd), from 2 million bpd, “without killing a soul,” though they hit infrastructure feeding crude grades already under force majeure.


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