The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate has claimed responsibility for the explosion on Sunday that rocked the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) oil pipeline in Ughelli, Delta State.

In an early morning statement signed by its spokesman, Aldo Agbalaja, and obtained by SaharaReporters, the militant group said it struck to register its presence and to "jolt those probably slipping into delusion back to reality." According to the group, its Akuma Strike Force Team brought down the 42-inch delivery line operated by NPDC/ND WESTERN in Otu-Jeremi.

The statement said: "In the last few weeks, we have been silent and observing. The period of silence was definitely not of inactivity. As a matter of fact, it was rather a strategy session, the fruits of which shall start showing up in the coming days. However, to register our presence and jolt those probably slipping into delusion back to reality, the Akuma Strike Force Team, at about 0400 hours today, November 27, brought down the 42-inch delivery line operated by NPDC/ND WESTERN in Otu-Jeremi.

"The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate has also observed the calculated psychological attack recently initiated by the Nigerian security forces against our people, believing that by pursuing and arresting our people, the struggle will be defeated and our resolve would be quelled. This will not work because what motivates us is stronger than the Nigerian kind of patriotism. Once again, we proclaim that we shall fight till the last man alive.

"It has also come to the attention of the High Command of the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate that some impostors have now started a move to hoodwink the Federal Government into believing that they have what it takes to end this campaign that we have sworn to stay committed to. These conmen, grandstanding and parading themselves as the 'lords of Warri,' have forgotten that this campaign goes well beyond their purview or grasp."

The militant group advised the Federal Government to be wary of who it accords attention, in what it described as desperation to get oil to flow unhindered from the region’s soil. 

"Be wary of political jobbers whose stock in trade has always been using the struggle to profiteer. We have severally indicated how to end this, and definitely not through political jobbers and conflict merchants. If and when we have reasons to trust anybody to hold discussions with, we shall through this same medium announce the process and the persons. This is a warning for the wise," the group stated.

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