Anglican Primate Condemns Attacks On Nigeria’s Oil Pipeline

Minimum WageThe Primate of the Anglican Church in Nigeria, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, has condemned the recent attacks on the nation’s oil pipeline by the Niger Delta Avengers.

Most Reverend Okoh spoke on Friday at the 2016 Synod of the Church held in Abuja.

Further condemning the situation with huge potential of affecting the nation’s revenue that largely depends on crude sales, he, however, called for a ceasefire by the agitators in the interest of national development.

The Primate also urged the Federal Government to collaborate with host communities to secure oil pipelines.

“Nigeria is fighting too many battles at this time,” Most Reverend Okoh said.

His condemnation of the attack on pipelines came a day after a gas pipeline operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in the region was attacked.

A spokesman for a local community group and a witness in Niger Delta region confirmed the attack to Reuters new agency.

The group, Niger Delta Avengers, has claimed some of the attacks on some pipelines on the region.

The attacks have affected the crude oil production of the nation at a period of volatile oil price, with a drop below 1.6 million barrels per day.

The attacks had forced U.S. oil major, Exxon Mobil Corp, to suspend exports from Nigeria’s top crude stream.

Days before the company suspended exports, militants attacked a Chevron platform.

After the attack, Chevron Nigeria Limited shut its Okan offshore facility, with resources deployed to respond to a resulting spill.

 

FG Receives Repentant Niger Delta Militants 

Niger DeltaThe Federal Government will be receiving about 7,000 repentant militants in Akwa Ibom State on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Co-ordinator of the Amnesty Program, Retired Brigadier-General Paul Boroh said that the repentant militants declared their interest to disarm and join the Niger Delta Amnesty programme.

He was speaking to journalists after an inter-agency meeting to discuss the recent attack on pipelines in the Niger Delta.

General Boroh added that the ex-agitators have also declared their willingness to be involved in plans to ensure the security of pipelines and oil facilities in the region.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Ugure, had earlier hosted an inter-agency meeting, where strategies on how to counter the attacks on oil facilities were discussed.

Warri Pipeline Explosion

Facilities belonging to the Nigeria Gas Company, Chevron Nigeria Limited and Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC were blown up by suspected militants on Friday, January 15 in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.

This has forced the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to announce the operational shutdown of the Port Harcourt and Kaduna Refineries owing to crude supply challenges arising from the attacks on vital crude oil pipelines.

Both the Nigerian Army and the Navy have described the attack as sabotage and terrorism which will not be tolerated.

The JTF Commander of Operation Pulo Shield in the Niger Delta, Major-General Alani Okunola, said that the task force had mobilised men to apprehend those who attacked the oil facilities.

He also warned community leaders that they would be held responsible for any attack on the country’s oil and gas facilities in their domains.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, while condemning the act, promised that no efforts would be spared in securing the lives and property of the citizens.

He also proposed the establishment of special courts and tribunals to tackle crimes in the maritime sector.

 

Warri Pipeline Vandalism Is ‘Sabotage And Terrorism’ – Navy Chief

NavyThe Chief of Naval Staff says that the recent oil pipeline vandalism in Warri, Delta State is sabotage and terrorism and will not be tolerated by the Navy.

Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas made the statement on Wednesday at a lecture with participants of Course 24 of the National Defence College in Abuja, who came from various security agencies in Nigeria.

He said that a close inspection of the explosion revealed that the intention of the saboteurs was not to steal crude oil but to damage the oil facilities which infringes on a primary mandate of the Navy and would be taken seriously.

While listing the core mandate and challenges of the Nigerian Navy, the naval boss maintained that no efforts would be spared in securing the lives and property of the citizens.

He also proposed the establishment of special courts and tribunals to tackle crimes in the maritime sector.

Also speaking on the importance of strategic information to national security, the Director General of the National Orientation Agency, Mike Omeri, observed that a continuous synergy between the people, government and security agencies was important in the fight against insurgency.

He proposed the creation of a national communication strategy to be used across national spaces, stressing that security orientation and behavioural modification must be sustained to ensure that the right impact was made on the citizens towards lasting security in Nigeria.

The attacks on the pipelines forced the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to shut down the refineries in Port Harcourt and Kaduna, a development that could further worsen the scarcity of fuel faced by many states of the oil-rich nation.

But the NNPC gave the assurance that arrangements had been made to ensure availability of petroleum products while it sought solution.