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Few Hours After Meeting with President, Militants Attack Pipelines


Despite process to redeem the Niger Delta region of environmental hazards and economic backwardness by the Nigerian government began Tuesday, vandalisation of oil and gas pipelines remain unabated.
This as suspected militants bombed a state-run oil pipeline near the southern Nigerian oil hub of Warri in the latest blow to the industry, a security source and community leader said Wednesday.
This came 24 hours after another attack on pipelines in the region.
The Trans Forcados export line was attacked late Tuesday, just hours after President Muhammadu Buhari met with representatives of militant groups in the oil-rich Niger Delta to discuss how to end the unrest plaguing the region.
“The attack was carried out with the aid of dynamite and it is coming less than 48 hours after the resumption of operations at the flow station,” a security official, who declined to be named, said.
Tuesday, a group of militants also said the meeting of elders from the region with the President will not stop the bombing, saying for excluding ex-militants and representatives of the militants.
Reacting to the meeting, the militants described it as an exercise in futility that will not end attacks on oil facilities.
The agitators stated that none of the stakeholders chosen to be part of the meeting with the Federal Government was aware of the plight of the Niger Delta people.
Speaking through separate statements, the Niger Delta Peoples Democratic Front and the Concerned Militant Leaders, expressed dissatisfaction that no former militant leaders were among those chosen to be part of representatives of the region in the meeting with government.

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