Two explosions reported after a group said it would detonate car bombs.
“If this had occurred on a working day it would have been more devastating. Government should find a better way of addressing the agitation of the Niger Delta people,” a police officer at the scene told Reuters news agency.
The Movement for Emancipation of the Niger Delta later confirmed it carried out the attack and said the second bomb had failed to explode but had been retrieved and would be “redeployed at an appropriate time.”
The group accused the region’s political leaders of acting “against the interest of the people of the Niger delta” and said they were “sabotaging all efforts at resource control for selfish reasons.”
Pipeline blown up
Two car bombings by the group at oil company compounds in Port Harcourt on Monday prompted two European companies to evacuate hundreds of relatives of staff from the region.
While on Thursday, armed men raided a Total SA pumping station in an attack that left three police guards dead, another group took over an Eni SpA facility.
Attacks on oil facilities and kidnappings of foreign workers are a frequent occurrence in the world’s eighth largest oil exporter.
A series of attacks in February forced Royal Dutch Shell to pull hundreds of workers out of the western delta and cut Nigerian oil output by a fifth.