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Shell Denies Panic Shut-down over Presidential Polls Outcome

The Management of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) has said that the company did not shut down its flow stations in Bayelsa owing to fears of attack by aggrieved militants.

The SPDC’s spokesperson, Mr Joseph Obari, stated on Friday that the operations of the oil firm were running but declined further details.

“Our operations are continuing and we will not comment on security issues.”


According to reports on some media platforms, SPDC had allegedly acted to forestall attacks by militants aggrieved by Jonathan’s loss in the March 28, 2015 presidential polls.


Tunu, and BensedeKussi flow stations operated by SPDC in Southern Ijaw and Kolokumo/Opokum Local Government Areas Bayelsa were allegedly shut down due to security concerns.


However, sources at the Tunu flow station within SPDC’s oil fields in Bayelsa confirmed that the facility was shut down for operational reasons.


The sources, explained that the shutdown had nothing to do with anticipated attack by militants.


“Tunu flow station was shut down for operational reasons not because of threat by ex-militants.

“Can we not shut down for operational reasons, what is the big deal if Tunu station is closed down for operational reasons?” the source queried.


“I cannot understand why they are eager to drag Shell into all these.”

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