Okowa convenes emergency meeting over new bombing threats

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state on Thursday, June 16, ordered an emergency security council meeting, at Otu-Jeremi, headquarters of Ughelli south local government area, following threats by a new militant group to blow up a gas plant in the area.

The security situation in Delta state has remained tensed since militant group, the Utorogun Liberation Movement (ULM) threatened to destroy the Utorogun gas plant in Ughelli which supplies gas to Egbin Power Station, Lagos, and other facilities under Oil Mining Lease, OML 34 in Ughelli south local government area of the state.

According to Vanguard, the continues bombings of oil and gas facilities by militants has hampered the operations of oil companies in the Niger Delta region.

The frequency in the spate of bombings has discouraged the companies from carrying out repairs of the blown up pipelines, this is in addition to an order by militants to the oil companies to halt repairs on any blown pipeline until government addresses their demands.

Speaking on the threats by the militants an industry source told news men that: “It is risky to ignore the threats by the militants, as they have matched their words with action, blowing up pipelines repaired by oil companies despite the presence of soldiers.

“That is the reason why many of the oil companies feel that it is a waste of resources to spend billions of naira to repair damaged pipelines, only for them to be breached. I think the best thing is to sort out this matter with the perpetrators so that it will not degenerate to loss of lives and kidnapping,” he added.

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