LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Angry villagers seized three Shell oil platforms in the volatile Niger Delta on Wednesday, forcing production to be shut down at each, the company said.
Royal Dutch Shell PLC officials declined to say how much oil had been cut off after the platforms were attacked. Chevron Corp. said it shut down a platform in the area as a precaution.
Shell said in a statement that members of the Kula community living near Shell’s Ekulama 1, Ekulama 2 and Belema oil pumping stations invaded the facilities Wednesday, accusing the oil giant of failing to meet the terms of an agreement to provide them aid.
“We had to shut the facilities,” the statement said, giving no other details.
Femi Odumabo, a spokesman for Chevron in Nigeria, said his company shut down its Robertkiri platform in the same area after protesters took over the Shell installations.
“Our action was pre-emptive. We shut down because we didn’t want them to take over our facility,” said Odumabo.
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