Metro Niger Delta: Chevron May Shut Down Operations If Militants Continue


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The Niger Delta region moved closer to armed hostilities yesterday following more attacks on oil facilities by youths believed to be supporters of ex-militant Government Ekpemupolo (alias Tompolo).

It was learnt that the attacks could spread to Bayelsa and other states of the region within days, as the perpetrators plan to cripple crude oil production and export.

There were indications that some operations of Chevron Nigeria were disrupted in the latest attacks and the company is planning to shut down its operations.

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The company was forced to airlift its workers on Friday after militants blocked the waterways and restricted movement of transport boats, including Chevron’s Jascon transport boat.

TheNnation reports that Chevron may shut down production if hostilities continue in the area.

Although the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta was said to be fully prepared to deal with the onslaughts, the militants operated unhindered for several hours yesterday.

It was gathered that the attacks started in the wee hours of the day.
 
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