Nigeria: Govt. demolishes shanties near Agip facilities, leaving thousands homeless - activists suspect land cleared for Agip, but company denies knowledge or involvement

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Company response
27 April 2006

Response by Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) (joint venture Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Eni, ConocoPhillips): Nigerian Agip Oil Company involved in house demolitions to clear land for new facilities, local residents allege (AFP article).

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Article
21 April 2005

[DOC] Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) statement in response to alleged involvement in the demolition of homes in Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Author: Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC)

NAOC [joint venture Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, ENI, ConocoPhillips] is not involved at all in the demolition of homes in the so called ‘Agip Waterside’ area. This area, despite its name, is not of NAOC property. NAOC has nothing to do with the Government and Rivers State decision to destroy the houses which seems to be due to the illegal status of the location. Moreover, NAOC is not interested in acquiring the area and has no plans to expand its facilities.

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Article
14 April 2005

Ogoni: Nigerian Bulldozers Smash Shanty Town in Oil City

Author: Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation

Government bulldozers rolled in to smash hundreds of homes and a church in a Nigerian shanty town backing onto a site run by...[Nigerian Agip Oil Company, joint venture Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, ENI, ConocoPhillips]...no effort has been made to find homes for its thousands of residents, local rights activists said...the firm insisted that it had nothing to do with the demolition.

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Article
14 February 2005

[DOC] Planned demolition of structures at the waterfront around NAOC [Nigerian Agip Oil Company] base (offices) in Port Harcourt

Author: Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People

We have received reports by Ogonis and other residents of the waterfront around Agip Base (offices) in Port Harcourt...in respect of a seemingly disguised plan by NAOC [Nigerian Agip Oil Company (joint venture Nigerian National Petroleum Company, ENI, ConocoPhillips)] to illegally demolish structures at the waterfront to facilitate its planned expansion of her present offices in readiness for the proposed movement of its headquarters from Lagos to Port Harcourt. The report further indicated that contracts to that effect had already been awarded to Homan Engineering (Nigeria) Limited...

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