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Tuesday 10 May 2016

Militants Attack: Shell to Continue Operations, Denies Plan to Evacuate Workers

Shell has defied all looming threats by emerging Niger Delta militant group to continue operations in Delta State. Shell Companies in Nigeria have restated their long-term commitment to the Niger Delta, saying they would continue operations in the oil-rich region despite the spate of militant attacks in recent days.Shell has also denied evacuating its personnel from the region, saying that it was monitoring the security situation in the region very closely.

A militant group, which has identified itself as Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), had attacked Chevron’s facilities in the Escravos area of Delta State last Wednesday and Thursday.

The twin attacks affected the Escravos-Warri pipeline, which feeds the Warri and Kaduna refineries, cutting off crude feedstock to the two facilities.

While Chevron has reportedly evacuated staff from the affected facilities, Shell said it would continue to monitor the security situation in the region.

Responding to enquiries by THISDAY, a Shell Nigeria spokesman, Mr. Precious Okolobo said last night that the company was taking all possible steps to safeguard its staff and contractors.
“We continue to monitor the security situation in our operating areas and are taking all possible steps to ensure the safety of staff and contractors. We do not wish to go into details. Our operations are continuing,” Okolobo explained.

The spokesman of the new militant group, Mr. Mudoch Agbinibo, had placed the blame for the attacks on the doorstep of ex-militant leader and senior Ijaw traditional chief, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, better known as Tompolo.

The group, which claimed responsibility for the attacks, warned politicians, traditional rulers and other influential individuals in the oil-rich region to stop their meddlesome activities and selfish politicking aimed at putting them in the good books of the federal government.

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