Despite Buhari, Niger Delta leaders meeting, militants blow up major pipeline

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    A day after President Muhammadu Buhari met with leaders of the Niger Delta to resolve the crisis in the region, a major oil pipeline was sabotaged.

    No group has, however, claimed responsibility for the explosion at the oil field operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, in Delta State.

    The attack breached a crude export line that was commissioned on Monday, guruslodge learnt. An official said the explosion occurred at the line that transfers stored crude oil to vessels for onward export.

    The Joint Military Task Force, JTF, deployed to the Niger Delta confirmed the Wednesday explosion. Olaolu Daudu, spokesman of the JTF, code-named “Operation Delta Safe’’ said investigations had commenced.

    He said troops deployed to the area heard an explosion at the Bantan Flow Station run by NPDC, a subsidiary of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. “Troops of Operation Delta Safe located at Sector 1, in Delta while on routine patrol heard an explosive sound caused by suspected economic saboteurs at Bantan Flow Station around Ekweregbene, Bantan general area.

    “The incident is however, being investigated and details will be made available as events unfold.

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