The Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility on 19 May for an improvised explosive device (IED) attack the previous day on the pipeline terminating at the Refinery Jetty in Okrika, Port Harcourt.
The Refinery Jetty belongs to the state agency, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). MEND asserted that "the attack is in line with [its] ongoing operation 'Hurricane Exodus'". The group said that the attack was intended to destroy the entire oil facility; however, the IED attack only damaged the pipeline but resulted in at least seven deaths.
MEND launched its operation Hurricane Exodus in April last year to pressure President Goodluck Jonathan, a native of Bayelsa state in the Niger Delta, to review and extend the Amnesty programme established in 2009 to demobilise and rehabilitate the assorted armed militant groups.