The Nigerian government is facing security challenges from various parts of the nation.
But the security challenge affecting the government mostly, is the constant attacks on oil pipelines by a faceless group named – Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).
The activities of the NDA has further crippled an all ready battered economy struggling to hold its own due to the mis-management of past and present government officials. Within few months of their existence, they have caused serious havoc to the Nigerian economy by blowing up major pipelines owned by foreign oil companies. Unfortunately, there is no sign that the group will stop the attacks, as they get bolder everyday and are beginning to attack facilities outside their strongholds. The group has since listed their conditions for peace to reign. Read the conditions here. But it is doubtful that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will give into all their demands.
Below are the attacks carried out by the NDA on oil facilities so far starting from the most recent. Thursday, June 16 – The NDA attacked he Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline in Oruk Anam local government area in Akwa Ibom state. Friday, June 3 – The NDA blew up the Obi Obi Brass Trunk line belonging to Agip ENI. Agip’s major crude oil line in Bayelsa state. Thursday, June 2 – The NDA blew up the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) forcados 48″ Export line in Delta state. Thursday, June 2 – The NDA blew up the Ogboinbiri to Tebidaba and Clough creek to Tebidaba crude oil pipelines in Bayelsa state. Tuesday, May 31 – The NDA blew up Chevron Oil Well RMP 23 and RMP 24 in Delta state. Thursday May 26– The NDA group blew up NNPC gas and crude trunk line close to Warri in Delta state Wednesday, May 25 – The NDA blew up the Escravos tank farm main electricity feed pipeline owned by Chevron in Delta state Saturday, May 21 – The NDA group blew up Nembe 1, 2 and 3 Brass to Bonny trunk line belonging to Agip and Shell in Bayelsa state Thursday, May 5– The NDA blew up Well D25 in Abiteye belonging to Chevron Thursday, May 5 – The NDA blew up the NNPC crude and gas lines Wednesday, May 4 – The NDA blew up the most significant platform for Chevron – Chevron valve platform. A fulcrum to Chevron’s Blow Out Preventer (BOP) and the Chevron tank farm Friday, February 19 – The NDA blew up the Clough creek Tebidaba Agip pipeline manifold in Bayelsa state Saturday, February 13 – The NDA blew up a major export line being operated by SPDC Wednesday, February 10 – The NDA blew up Bonny Soku Export Gas line in Rivers state. Before then, the NDA had attacked:
*The Agip Brass crude oil pipelines in Bayelsa state
*Escravos-Warri crude oil pipeline
*Escravos-Lagos- Abuja gas pipeline
*Alero Dibi Abiteye crude oil pipeline and
*The Escravos -Abiteye gas line