AN explosion which was allegedly heard at an Italian oil major, Agip, onshore flow station on Wednesday, has set oil workers jittery in the Niger Delta. Well-placed security sources within the Joint Task Force (JTF), said they are looking into the matter.
Though efforts to get the spokesman of the special security outfit, Timothy Antigha, an Army Lt. Col, did not pay off, the agency's operatives however, told AkanimoReports that the cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.
Security operatives confirmed there had been an explosion in Bayelsa state but did not specify the exact location. Italian oil firm Agip was not immediately available for comment.
The explosion was heard in the early hours at Agip’s Clough Creek oil flow station in Bayelsa, one security source said.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Nigeria’s main militant group, had warned on Monday of renewed attacks on Africa’s biggest oil and gas industry but most of the recent damage caused to Nigeria’s oil infrastructure has been from gangs involved in illegal oil bunkering, rather than militant strikes. ENDS