From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa
LESS than 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari, through the Secretary to the Federal Government, Mr Babachir David Lawal assured that he was going to do everything within his powers to secure oil facilities in the Niger Delta region, Niger Delta Avengers struck again, blowing up two major oil wells in Dibi, Warri.
Buhari, had before the latest assurance vowed during his Democracy Day address to Nigerians that if the
militants want to test the resolve of his government, they are much mistaken as the government would apprehend the perpetrators and their sponsors and bring them to justice.
The latest attack which was massive was said to have been carried out inspite of the heavy presence of military and their gunboats.
NDA had warned that it would teach the military bitters lessons for invading Oporoza and harassing innocent citizens ostensibly, looking for members of NDA.
Spokesman of NDA, Col Murdoch Agbinibo, who confirmed the attack said it is an indication that the military does not have the capacity to stop NDA.
“With the heavy presence of 100 Gunboats, four Warships and Jet Bombers, NDA blew up Chevron Oil Well RMP 23 and RMP 24 at 3:44am this Morning (Yesterday)RMP 23 and 24 are highest producing wells”
A security Source said the latest attack might force the military to change its tactics and go on full offensive against the militants in the region. According to him, the military had been cautious because they do not want innocent people to be caught in the cross fire but from the way things are going with the latest attack, the military would react strongly.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up around oil installations in Bayelsa State, following intelligence report that with major oil facilities already being crippled by NDA in Delta State, Bayelsa is the next port of call by the NDA.
Reports that people of Imiringi community, in Ogbia Local Government Area have been warned of an impending attack on the Shell oil installations in the area by militants has fuelled speculations that NDA activities would soon move to Bayelsa.
Investigations across major waterways in the state indicated naval gunboats and Army gunboats have been drafted to patrol and frustrate the activities of militants. Also in Brass where Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) has bulk of its operations, security has been beefed up as soldiers have been deployed to protect the facilities.