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Women hold Bayelsa chiefs hostage over feud with Shell

Samuel Oyadongha

16 December 2012, Sweetcrude, Yenogoa – Protest against the management of the Shell Petroleum and Development Company, SPDC, in Nembe Kingdom, Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, took a twist after aggrieved women and youths reportedly held scores of community chiefs hostage over alleged lack of support against the oil company.

Some of the senior chiefs and community leaders had a fortnight ago stayed away from a protest action staged by women and youths in the Nembe Kingdom to stop oil exploration activities at the oil field belonging to SPDC.

According to sources, the action of the protesting women and youths was provoked by Shell’s continued disregard of the agreement with community to provide it with two CAT 200kva generator before the Yuletide season, pending when it would build a gas turbine for the community.

Armed with placards, the protesters were said to have stormed the venue of an enlarged meeting of the chiefs in Nembe, accusing them of frustrating their efforts.

It was learnt that the meeting of the chiefs, which was being held under the Nembe-Ibe, was stopped midway with doors to the town hall reportedly locked to prevent them from escaping.

The women insisted that such treatment of the traditional heads will continue if they failed to support the protest against the oil giant.

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  • This is hilarious. Let’s hope they keep these chiefs hostage, indefinitely, accommodate them, feed them, and provide for them till the chiefs meet their demands.

  • kidnapping is fast becoming a political as well as economic weapons in the East …why ?