“We Will Paralyze Shell Operations If You Don’t Respond In 14 Days”- Bayelsa community

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  • Tuesday, 25 September 2012
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  • Nosagie Nosa-Ero
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  • Tension in Yenagoa as indigenes of I, II, and III villages in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa sends earth-thundering warning to Shell Petroleum Development Company to hastily compensate  families of the five kids who apparently lost their lives in the consequences of the May 27, 2012 oil spill from its Beneside resource within 14 days or be prepared to halt operations in the company.

    bayelsa community vows to cripple shell
    Image: Mutiu-Sunmonu, Shell MD, Photo Credit: Naijabiz
    Mr. Preye Warri Comrade Emmanuel Ebis and Emmanuel Jebbi, the youth chairmen of  I, II, and III villages in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa respectively, in a joint message informed Shell of looming dangers if the matter was settled as soon as possible.

    The statement reads : “As people we will not tolerate this kind of attitude from Shell, the best option for them, is to come and indemnify the deceased kids’ families and affected persons of the spill in our communities for peace to reign between the communities and shell. In addition, this option is only open for 14 days, but if they refuse to do what is good for them. Possibly we will resort to violence as we will not fold our hands while seeing our kids dying like animals”.

    “We will automatically stop their boats from plying our waterways and we demand their workers withdraw from the area with an immediate effect as we will not guarantee the safety of Shell oil workers in our territory.”

    A statement from the community: “We view the visit of SPDC officials to our communities as worthless, full of insensitivity and embarrassment to the entire communities and families of the deceased kids as they were left to die. We consider it valueless and animistic, as host communities”.
    “The incident happened over five months ago. What were they waiting for? They waited until the flooding from the recent rains has ravaged our communities and washed the oil in the water surface and cover the weeds, grasses and the entire land level.”

    The inhabitants who served a 14-day notice to the board of Shell are angry over the supposed inconsideration of the company numerous months following; several kids died from water the company polluted.

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