Shell denies shutting operations over presidential polls results

The Management of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria has denied reports that it shut down its flow stations in Bayelsa for fear of attack by militants over the presidential polls results.

There had been reports that Tunu and Bensede Kussi flow stations​,​ operated by SPDC in Southern Ijaw and Kolokumo/Opokum Local Government Areas ​of ​Bayelsa​ State,​ were shut down for security concerns.

The two ​l​ocal ​g​overnment ​a​reas were the theatre of militancy and restiveness prior to the amnesty programme​,​ and remain the hotbed of activities by oil thieves.

The Spokesperson of the SPDC, Joseph Obari, told our correspondent on Friday that the oil firm’s operation was going on, but declined further detail​s​.

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

However sources at the Tunu flow station within SPDC’s oil fields in Bayelsa said the station was shut down for operational reasons.

The source who pleaded to remain anonymous said that the shutdown had nothing to do with anticipated attack by militants over polls results.

“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,” the source said.


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