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Shell Nigeria Evacuates Staff

Oil giant Shell is evacuating non-essential staff from Nigeria’s volatile Niger Delta, and has closed down two flow stations in the region. The move follows violent clashes between Nigerian navy troops and Ijaw ethnic militants at the village of Okerenkoko on the Escravos River, which left five people dead. The village is close to the oil port of Warri, where Shell and other multinational oil firms are based. Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary was evacuating employees “who are not vital to operations” from company facilities in the area, a spokesman said. Activists from the Federated Niger Delta Ijaw Communities accused the navy of provoking the hostilities by launching a premeditated attack on the village last Thursday. The soldiers accused the community of planning to disrupt oil facilities and attack rival communities, the activists said in a statement. Full Story

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