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Bayelsa community protests at Agip's facility over alleged non-payment of royalties and other benefits to community

Author: Sahara Reporters (USA), Published on: 15 May 2017

"Nembe Community Disrupts Oil Production At Agip’s Obama Flow Station In Bayelsa State", 20 April 2017

The people of Egebekiri community in Nembe Local Government Area, Bayelsa State on Thursday protested Nigerian Agip Oil Company’s (NAOC) neglect of the community...Chief Karibi MacDonald, a community leader in Egebekiri, explained that the company has not paid residents of the community any form of royalties or related fees since beginning oil exploration there over 40 years ago. The community leader maintained that a Supreme Court judgment of July 13, 2007 had confirmed community residents as the legal owners of the land area hosting the oil fields. He added that NAOC has paid royalties and other fees to neighboring communities while ignoring Egebekiri...Ofabara Egebe, a daughter of the founder of the community, lamented that Egebekiri could no longer endure NAOC’s neglect while being exploited for oil...“We are tired of the suffering and injustices meted against us by Agip, that is why we decided to protest against the injustice today,” Mrs. Egebe said...Fillippo Cotalini, the media relations manager at Eni, the parent company of NAOC, declined to comment on the development.

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