BY Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Men of the Joint Task Force, code-named Operation Pulo Shield, were, weekend, put on high alert as protesters besieged oil facilities operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, over the company’s divestment plans and proposed sale of its Oil Mining Licenses, OMLs.
Stakeholders and indigenes of Nembe-Bassambiri, who are hosts to some of SPDC’s installations in Nembe Local Government Area of the state, were angry at the plan by Shell to sell OML 29 located in their territory without consulting them.
The oil major has reportedly placed its 45 percent stake in four oil wells, including OML 29, for sale as part of its divestment.
The aggrieved indigenes, armed with placards, stormed the company’s facilities on Saturday and asked Shell to stop production for three days to address their demands.
The protesters, numbering over 100, were made up of women, youths, chiefs, leaders and elders from the community led by a member of the community’s Oil and Gas Committee, Chief Brigidi, they took over the Nembe-Brass waterways, chanting solidarity songs as they headed to SPDC’s major oil platforms in the area to register their grievances.
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