The Eleme Youth Council (EYC) has described as untrue claims by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) that it had blown up a pipeline belonging to one of the multinational oil companies operating in Eleme, Rivers State.
Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt on Thursday, President of EYC, Prince Brian Emere Gokpa, said Eleme Local Government area is relatively peaceful as security operatives in collaboration with the local authorities have been able to curb criminality in the area.
“The attention of Eleme Youth Council World-wide has been drawn to an online publication that the Niger Delta Avengers blew up pipelines in Eleme local government area. This information is not true; it is unfounded and baseless. It is the imagination of mischief makers whose aim is to project Eleme as a terrible local government area.” He said.
The EYC President also called on youths in the area to embrace peace and abstain from criminal activities, saying, “Eleme local government area is relatively peaceful and no person or group of persons should give false alarm about security situation in the area.
“Let me use this medium to warn all criminal elements in the area to desist from such acts as the council and the youth body will not fold their hands and watch miscreants take over our local government area as we have the capacity to confront any crime in Eleme local government area.”
The group is the umbrella body of all youth groups in Eleme Local Government Area of the state.
The NDA had in a statement posted on its Facebook page, ND Avengers on Wednesday, claimed responsibility for blowing up a Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) pipeline at Eleme leading to the Nigeria Liquefied National Gas (NLNG) in Bonny Island.
The statement reads, “By 3.00 am, yesterday, Strike Team 2, carried out a major strike, bombing NNPC pipeline at Eleme leading to NLNG. You won’t stop us.”