Explosion as militants attempt to bomb Warri refinery
Attempts by militants to attack the jetty of the Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company (WRPC) and the Pipeline Products Marketing Company (PPMC) was foiled on Thursday night, September 29.
The Nigerian navy said the loud explosion was as a result of the foiled attack on both facilities in Ekpan, Uvwie council area, Delta state, Vanguard reports.
Commodore Joseph Dzunve, commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS), Delta, said this in Warri after residents in communities surrounding both public assets were jolted by a loud explosion at about 9.30 pm.
He said: “Our men fired at a boat suspected to be carrying explosive materials. They must have dropped it in the process and it got hit by our fire, that’s why it exploded. So we adjudge that it was an attempt to sabotage the PPMC.”
Also speaking, Mohammed Muazu, commander of the Warri area command of the Nigerian police said the navy stopped some people suspected to be up to mischief as they came close to the jetty.
“When they refused to stop, the navy shot just to scare them away. What followed the shooting was that explosion, but what I don’t know yet is whether the shooting caused the explosion. I got this information from about three sources,” he said.
Despite pleas from the federal government militants are still attacking oil facilities in the Niger Delta region. On Thursday, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDJM) bombed a major pipeline belonging to the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company.