Metro Residents Flee as Rival Militant Groups Clash Over Control of oil Installation in Bayelsa [SAHARA R]



There is tension as residents of Ikeinghenbiri community, Southern Ijaw in Bayelsa state are fleeing the community to neighboring villages for fear of their lives.

This is due to a clash between rival armed groups at an oilfield operated by Eni’s Nigerian subsidiary Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in the area.

According to Mr. Ebidimo Joseph, a resident of the area, the groups were struggling for control of the Ogboinbiri-Tebidaba crude trunk line which passed through the area.

“We understand it is a conflict between two armed groups for the access to the crude pipeline, one group claims to be working to safeguard the pipeline and said the other group are vandals; they have been shooting.

“The sound of the gunfire is scary, and there is no sign of the Joint Task Force soldiers who are supposed to be patrolling the area, we have not seen any soldier,” Joseph said

According to Joseph, the pipeline was set ablaze while the two groups engaged each other in the gun battle adding that there was no way to ascertain if there was any casualty yet.

He said that a thick ‘cloud of smoke’ had enveloped the community and polluted the atmosphere in the area.

Sahara Reporters


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