Shell Nigeria Denies Shutting Down Operations Over Presidential Election Results

The Nigerian subsidiary of energy giant Shell, has denied that it shut down its flow stations in Bayelsa state, in fear of attack by militants over the result of the presidential polls.
The spokesperson of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Joseph Obari, told Nigerian online newspaper, Premium Times, that the company’s operations are continuing. he however revealed that the firm “will not comment on security issues.”
There were media reports that the SPDC had shut down its Tunu and Bensede Kussi flow stations, located in Southern Ijaw and Kolokumo/Opokum Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State, for security concerns. Both local government areas were hotbeds of militancy prior to the amnesty programme instituted by late President Umar Musa Yaradua. However, although the level of restiveness has reduced, the area still suffers from incidents of oil theft.
The March 28 presidential polls saw opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari, a northern Muslim, defeat incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, who hails from the Bayelsa State in the Niger Delta. The defeat of President Jonathan has raised fears of a return to full scale militancy in the region. These fears, it is rumoured, led to the shutdown of the flow stations.
Premium Times, however quoted an anonymous source at the Tune flow station who claimed that the station was shut down because of operational reasons rather than fears of an anticipated attack by militants over polls results. “Can we not shut down for operational reasons, what is the big deal if Tunu station is closed down for operational reasons?” the media house quoted the source as saying.

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