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Oil Giants Shut Nigeria Plants

A second major oil producer has shut down some of its facilities in the southern Delta region of Nigeria following several days of clashes which have left 10 people dead. The Nigerian subsidiary of Chevron Texaco said it was withdrawing staff from the area to ensure their safety. Shell, the largest oil producer in Nigeria, on Wednesday evacuated non-essential staff from the area and closed some of its facilities. Also on Wednesday, President Olusegun Obasanjo issued a strong warning that the current high level of violence in the country was posing a threat to the success of next month’s elections. The government has ordered up to 1,000 troops to the region to end weeks of battles between ethnic Ijaw youths and navy personnel in the rivers and creeks south of the town of Warri. Full Story

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