Monday, October 10, 2011

Oil production threatened as gunmen attack pipeline

Business Day
4 October 2011

The rise in daily crude oil production, which has been steady for some time, was halted yesterday, following orchestrated attacks in Uyo, Akwa- Ibom State and Nembe in Bayelsa, by armed gangs.

The attacks led to hostage-taking in Uyo and the blowing up of an oil pipeline in Nembe, where tension is now high, though no casualty records are available.

The attacks took place within 48 hours of each other, affecting Agip and Mobil oil companies, but no group has come up to claim responsibility in either case. The attacks came amidst Nigeria 51st independence anniversary celebrations and after threats from both the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) and Boko Haram, to disrupt the celebrations at
Eagles Square , Abuja
, with bombs. The events also came a few days after some disenchanted former members of local militia groups protested that they had not been incorporated into government’s amnesty programme, and threatened to return to the creeks to disrupt the operations of oil companies.

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