The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, is appealing to pipeline vandals to desist from their actions.
He also asked the vandals to channel their grievances to the NNPC through established channels for them to addressed.
The NNPC Group Managing Director made the appeal on Wednesday while briefing reporters after a meeting with the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and the Oba of Benin Oba Ewuare.
Dr. Baru assured vandals that if they heed the call and come forward they would not be arrested and that their complaints would be given utmost attention.
Militancy had resurged in the Niger Delta in 2015, with series of attacks on pipelines and oil installations, forcing some oil companies to declare force majeure.
A group that calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks that have affected Nigeria’s oil output and power supply, which largely depends on gas from that region.
Police have confirmed the death of a civilian during a gun battle with pipeline vandals at Ibafo area of Ogun State in southwest Nigeria.
Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Ogun State Police Command, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, said that another person was injured.
Mr Adejobi explained that death of the civilian occurred during a sporadic shooting between the security agents and suspected oil pipeline vandals in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state.
He told reporters that the assault from the suspected vandals was repelled by the security men attached to the area while assuring the residents of adequate security in the region.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer also maintained that the situation had been put under control.