…Cautioned Against Fake Facebook Accounts
The Niger Delta militants have blown up three major pipelines belonging to AGIP, an oil giant, in Bayelsa State in a well-co-ordinated attacks which appears to be the work of the Niger Delta Avengers which has claimed responsibility for destroying oil facilities in the oil rich Niger Delta Region.
The pipelines were attacked at about 3.00am on Friday, July 8, 2016; one pipeline is at Goldkiri, another is close to Obama, while the third is a pipeline supplying gas to Brass.
“At about the of 3am to 5am the Niger Delta Avengers blew up Nembe 1, 2, and 3 trunk-line in Bayelsa/River States,” the militants said in a statement on its website on Friday, July 8, 2016.
The statement, which was signed by the group’s spokesperson, Brigadier General Mudoch Agbinibo also warned of fake Facebook accounts pretending to be the Avengers. “Niger Delta Avenger is not on social networks anymore,” Agbinibo said.
On Wednesday, the Avengers warned of fake Facebook accounts and pages opened in the group’s name, sharing screengrabs.
Agbinibo warned that the fake accounts were claiming responsibility for attacks on NNPC pipeline in Eleme, Rivers State. He said the group was not responsible for the attack and asked militant groups operating in the region to claim responsibility for their activities and “stop tagging” the Avengers to their deeds.
“This Facebook account/page is an impostor page that was open by a fraudster to deceive the general public,” the statement on the group’s website said.
“We warning any group that wants to do anything should go about their activities without tagging us, Niger Delta Avengers, instead do your activities and claim responsibility.
“The NNPC pipeline in Eleme blowing that was posted by this Facebook account yesterday wasn’t carried out by Niger Delta Avengers.
“We calling all national dailies to take note. Niger delta Avengers is not out to mislead the public as a result we are closing all our social network accounts and will be using our websites to pass information to the general public,” the terse statement ended.