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    Niger Delta Avengers Blows Another Chevron’s Well, Shuns FG Peace Offer

    Less than 48 hours after the Federal Government offered to hold peace talks with rampaging militants in the Niger Delta, the Niger Delta Avengers, on Wednesday morning, blew up another Chevron oil well.

    The NDA has claimed responsibility for the series of attacks on oil facilities in the region.

    The facility, identified as Dibi Flow Station, is operated by Chevron around Usor village in the Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.

    Local residents told one of our correspondents on Wednesday that the incident occurred at about 1 am on Wednesday.

    A prominent activist in the area, Mr. Graham Abulu, confirmed the incident in an interview with The PUNCH.

    Abulu said the loud explosions of the attack sparked panic among residents of the area.

    Another source in the area, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told one of our correspondents that the flow station burst into flame after the explosion.

    A senior military officer, who also did not want his name mentioned, also confirmed the attack.

    The source said a technical team had already been dispatched to the spot of the incident to assess the damage.

    The dreaded Niger Delta Avengers, which claimed responsibility for similar incidents in the past, also claimed responsibility for the attack through its tweeter handle, @NDAvengers.

    “At 1am today, the @NDAvengers blow up(sic) Well RMP 20, belonging to Chevron, located 20 meters(sic) away from Dibi flow Station in Warri North LGA,” it stated.

    The group also denied agreeing any ceasefire deal with the Federal Government to pave the way for negotiation.

    “This is to the general public: we’re not negotiating with any Committee. If Fed Govt is discussing with any group, they’re doing that on their own,” the group said.

    The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 4 Brigade Command of the Nigerian Army, Benin, Captain Jonah Unuakhalu, said he was not aware of the incident, but promised to confirm and get back to one of our correspondents.

    But the team, set up by the Federal Government to hold talks with the NDA, said it had not commenced negotiation with the group.

    A top member of the team, who confided in one of our correspondents on Wednesday, said talks with the group had not started because the terms and reference of the committee had not been unveiled.

    “You mean modalities? No! It is not clear yet. They have not come out with the terms of reference yet. We have not started,” the source added.

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