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By Tife Owolabi
YENAGOA, Nigeria Oct 15 Attackers have set fire
to a crude oil pipeline in Nigeria's restive Niger Delta, a
military spokesman said on Saturday, the second strike in the
country's oil hub within a day.
A militant group had earlier said it attacked the pipeline,
which is run by the state oil firm NNPC and a local private
firm, Shoreline, near Ughelli on Friday night.
"The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate is not kidding
with anybody," the militants said in a statement.
"This shall be the state of affairs until all of you adjust
to taking our land and the lives of our people seriously," it
said, referring to this and a similar attack in the same area on
There was no immediate information on the impact of the
latest incidents on Nigeria's oil production. Attacks have
reduced output by 700,000 barrels per day since the start of the
Militants say they want a greater share of Nigeria's oil
wealth to go to the impoverished Delta region. Crude sales make
up about 70 percent of national income and the vast majority of
that oil comes from the southern swampland.
Nigeria, an OPEC member, was Africa's top oil producer until
the recent spate of attacks pushed it behind Angola.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said the government is trying
to negotiate a lasting solution with the militants, but there
has been no visible progress.
The militants are splintered into small groups, made up
mostly of unemployed men, who even their leaders struggle to
(Reporting by Tife Owolabi; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by