Nigeria: Militants blow up Shell, Agip pipelines; companies evacuate some of their workers

Author: Hilary Uguru, Associated Press, in ABC News (Australia) , Published on: 27 May 2016

"Militants Blow up Shell, Agip Pipelines in Nigeria", 28 May 2016

Militants blew up strategic gas and crude pipelines belonging to Shell and Agip...in an increasingly fierce campaign that has chopped Nigeria's oil production in half...A new militant group, calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers, reported in social media that they had dynamited the trunk line linking the Dutch-British Shell company's Bonny terminal and the Brass export terminal of the Italian company Agip...Several companies have evacuated some of their workers...The Niger Delta Avengers has given the oil companies a May 31 deadline to leave Nigeria's southern, oil-producing Niger Delta..."Watch out something big is about to happen and it will shock the whole world," the Avengers warned...In a surprise development, community leaders and non-violent activists have recently sided with the militants...Oil pollution has destroyed the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of farmers and fishermen...Nigeria's government has deployed thousands of soldiers to defend oil installations...

 

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Related companies: AGIP (part of Eni) Chevron Shell