The new Niger Delta militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, has claimed responsibility for blowing up a large gas and crude pipeline operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) near the town of Warri.
The facilities were said to have the protection of soldiers.
In a series of tweet Friday, the group said: “At 11:45pm on Thursday @NDAvengers blew up other #NNPC Gas and Crude trunkline close to Warri.”
Local said that multiple explosions were heard, a situation they said threw people of the area into serious panic.
A senior military officer was said to have confirmed the incident.
“Another crude pipeline was attacked Thursday night near Batan oil field in Warri,” Eric Omare, a Delta State Governor aide and spokesman for the Ijaw Youth Counci (IYC), said.
“This is the same pipeline that has already been attacked in February and May this year and which provides gas to Lagos for power generation,” said Dirk Steffen, from the Denmark-based Risk Intelligence firm.