Nigerian militant group claims 'warning' strike on Conoil facility
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By Tife Owolabi
YENAGOA, Nigeria, Jan 6 (Reuters) - A Nigerian militant
group said on Sunday it had carried out an as yet unconfirmed
warning strike on an oil facility owned by local energy firm
Conoil on Friday in the southern state of Bayelsa.
Koluama Seven Brothers, a little-known militant
organisation, is threatening a production shut-down as it
demands action from Conoil and a traditional ruler called King
Solomon Eddy on issues such as job creation.
The strike, which the group said took place at 12:20 a.m. on
Jan. 4 at Conoil's Angle 2 Field, "is just a warning", it said
in a statement.
The organisation said it had "no other option than to launch
a strike to shut down Conoil" if demands were not met.
Conoil could not immediately be reached by telephone or
email. The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps said a blast
was heard on Friday around a Conoil pipeline in the Koluama
community of Bayelsa, but a patrol check had not revealed any
Attacks on pipelines and other facilities in the Niger Delta
reached a peak in 2016, cutting Nigeria's crude production from
as much as 2.2 million barrels per day (mbpd) to near 1 mbpd -
the lowest level seen in Africa's top oil producer in at least
That, combined with low oil prices, pushed the OPEC member
into its first recession in 25 years - crude sales make up
two-thirds of government revenue and most of its foreign
Nigeria emerged from recession in 2017 but growth remains
sluggish ahead of a Feb. 16 presidential election.
(Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Jan
First Published: 2019-01-06 15:24:11
Updated 2019-01-06 16:37:06
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