Gunmen suspected to be militant group, known as Koluama Seven Brothers over the weekend launched a bomb attack on the crude oil pipeline owned by ConOil at Koluama community in Southern Ijaw area of Bayelsa state.
It was learnt that the indigenes of the Koluama communities were woken up on Friday by a deafening sound which triggered panic in the area.
The factional president of the Ijaw Youths Council, Barr. Eric Omare, who cautioned against early attribution of the bomb attack to a militant group or resumption of hostilities in the Niger Delta region, promised to investigate and issue a detailed statement.
According to him: “I am yet to get the details of the pipeline explosion, hence it would be premature to assume that it was a militant attack. I will issue a detailed statement”
However, our correspondent received a statement from the group, which called itself KOLUAMA SEVEN BROTHERS, and claimed responsibilities for the attack, stated that the attack is a warning to the ConOil company.
According to the statement: “Our Early Hours Strike Of 12:20am 4th January 2019 At Angle2 Field Of Conoil Is Just A Warning To Conoil, King Solomon Eddy And His Cartel
“If Conoil And King Solomon Fail To Address The Issues Behind The MOU, SCHOLARSHIPS, JOB CREATION FOR PEACE LOVE PEOPLE OF KOLUAMA CLAN. Then We Get No Other Option Than To Launch A Strike To Shut Down Conoil,” Angel Michael said.
A Youth leader of Koluama community, Comrade Henry Omietimi, confirmed that, he was briefed of the incident by his deputy who was a member of a local security attached to the area, but yet to ascertain it full details.
He further said he was still making his investigations to ascertain the authenticity of the story, and determine if it was an attack or a pipeline burst.
Some Indigenes of the community are suspecting the resumption of hostility by Niger Delta militants group, as they confirmed that the sound heard was similitude to sounds of previous attacks on oil pipelines.
Also a source from the oil firm who pleaded anonymity, said, the incident had since sent a message of discomfit to the heart of many workers, as they were uncertain of the event.
Confirming the incident, the media officer to the Bayelsa Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense, .J. N. Harcourt, said though the incident occurred, “am yet to receive full details from the officer in charge of Koluama due to bad network”.
However, the Reuwells Oil and Gas Surveillance Company, an indigenous company in charge of security surveillance of Con oil rigging activities in Koluama, southern Ijaw council area of Bayelsa state has denied the reported claims that there was a bomb attack on the facilities.
In a statement signed by Clifford Wilson, chairman of Reuwell Oil and Gas Limited, the coompany said the news about the attack is nothing but hoax that only existed in the imagination of the misguided youths masquerading as militant groups and geared towards creating panic, blackmail and to arm-twist the company into succumbing to threat in the area.
“As a surveillance security company, we are fully on ground and working with the military personnel of Operation Delta Safe and Nigeria Security and Defense Civil Corp that are patrolling every nook and crannies of Conoil activities.
“We urge the misguided youths to shun the idea of attacking any facilities in the area as they will be resisted with brutal force.
“We urge the peace loving people of Koluama to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement of person or persons that may want cause violence of any sort on any oil facility in the area.”