Poll: Shell denies shutting down operations

03 April 2015, Lagos – The Management of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria has denied reports that it shut down its flow stations in Bayelsa State owing to fears of attack by aggrieved militants.

Shell-logo-300x16921The SPDC’s spokesperson, Mr Joseph Obari, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday that the operations of the oil firm were running but declined further details.

“Our operations are continuing and we will not comment on security issues.” he said.

The reports had alleged that the oil firm acted to forestall attacks by militants aggrieved by President Goodluck Jonathan’s loss in the March 28, 2015 presidential poll.

Tunu and Bensede Kussi flow stations operated by SPDC in  Southern Ijaw and Kolokumo/Opokum Local Government Areas Bayelsa were allegedly shut down due to security concerns.

However,  NAN sources at the Tunu flow station within SPDC’s oil fields in Bayelsa State confirmed that the facility was shut down for operational reasons.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, said the shutdown had nothing to do with anticipated attack by militants.

“Tunu flow station was shut down for operational reasons not because of threat by ex-militants.

“Can we not shut down for operational reasons, what is the big deal if Tunu station is closed down for operational reasons ? I cannot understand why they are eager to drag Shell into all these,” he added.




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