SaharaReporters has learned that militants near Ogbe-Ijoh in Warri South West Local Government Area (LGA) have blown up another section of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline.
SaharaReporters reliably learned that the incident, which occurred at the early hours of Friday morning, was carried out by militants armed with dynamite and other dangerous weapons.
Confirming the incident, a traditional ruler in the area, who pleaded for anonymity, disclosed that houses in his area were shaken to their foundation from the blast. He stressed that in his opinion the militants responsible are not only harming the nation but the next generation of unborn Nigerians.
The traditional ruler also said that he believed the explosion was significant enough that it would be a set back in oil production for the country.
SaharaReporters attempted to reach Colonel Isa Ado, the spokesman for the Joint Task Force, but he was unavailable to give official confirmation. However, other anonymous military sources with knowledge of the area confirmed the blast.