A group known as the Niger Delta Renaissance Movement (NDRM) has sent a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari alleging that the recent explosions in Rivers State at facilities owned by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) are the result of sabotage and should be investigated.
The NDRM announced that their own investigations showed that the multiple explosions at the multi-million naira Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) Oil facility at Ebeocha oil field in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Council of Rivers State is suspicious and should be condemned in strong terms.
The NDRM, in a statement signed by its president Gabriel Elliot and secretary Ebiri Emmanuel, said the multiple explosions were a result of dynamite detonation coordinated by elements from contracting firms familiar with the internal workings of the oil facility.
According to the statement, made available in part to SaharaReporters, the explosions were meant to make it more difficult for Agip to operate in the region. “We considered this a clear case of sabotage with the sole aim to destroy the multi-million naira facility and trigger an inferno [that] would consume lives and properties and thereby [pitch] the oil communities against Agip,” the statement read.
NDRM also lamented that days later, security agencies have still made no arrests, and called for a full investigation to discover the perpetrators “no matter how highly placed,” calling them “vandals, economic saboteurs and disgruntled workers [who] are out to injure the investments of the oil companies and Nigeria’s economic interest.”
The group’s leadership concluded, “Under the prevailing economic global realities, now is the time to ensure that oil companies are given the maximum cooperation to operate for the mutual benefit of host communities and Nigeria.”