Recall that the group had on Monday claimed responsibility for the attack on Exxon Mobil Que Iboe 48-inch Crude Oil Export Pipeline in Akwa Ibom.
But the company’s spokesperson, Todd Spitler denied claim of the attack, saying the damage that occurred was due to “system anomaly.”
Reacting to Spitler’s comment on the attack, the separatist group in a statement by its spokesman, Mudock Agbinibo warned the oil company to consider the consequences of fixing the blown up pipeline.
According to the group, should Exxon Mobil fail to heed its warning by going, “ahead to carry out repairs on the pipeline something big will happen.”
The group said, “We are warning ExxonMobil not to carry out any repair work on the blown pipeline, if they refuse and go ahead with any repair work, something big and worse will happen.
“To the traders/international refineries doing business with them, do not let ExxonMobil deceive you that the repair work will take three to four weeks, with the level of damage. it will take them (ExxonMobil) months to fix it.
“What happened to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) crude oil export pipeline in Forcados is an example to all International Oil Companies, IOCs, no repair works until the federal government heed to our demands.
“If ExxonMobil fails to listen to us (Niger Delta Avengers), your personnel are going to be our next casualties, not pipelines.”