A Nigerian militant group has claimed responsibility for an attack on Thursday on a crude pipeline operated by state-firm NNPC in the Niger Delta.
The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate said it bombed the Unenurhie-Evwreni delivery line in Ughelli, Delta state, in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The line is operated by NPDC, a subsidiary of NNPC.
Attacks on Nigeria’s energy facilities by groups calling for the Delta region to receive a greater share of the OPEC member’s oil wealth have cut crude production by a third.
According to a military source, dynamite was used to blow up the pipeline.
It comes days after the Niger Delta Avengers carried out their first attack since declaring a break in hostilities in August.
The Greenland Justice Mandate, which has never agreed to cease hostilities, said in a statement it had blown up the pipeline “to prove to the wicked and ungrateful multinational oil companies and their Nigerian military allies… that we own our lands”.