NIGER DELTA CRISIS: GUNBATTLE IN WARRI


Shooting broke out in the Nigerian oil port city of Warri on Wednesday following days of military helicopter and gunboat raids on militant camps in the surrounding creeks, witnesses said.

One local journalist at the scene said there appeared to be a gun battle between navy personnel and local youths near to a naval base in the Miller Waterside area of Warri. Other residents said they could hear gunshots in the port area.

Nigeria last week launched its biggest military offensive for years in the Niger Delta, bombarding militant camps near to Warri from the air and sea before sending in hundreds of ground troops to try to flush rebel fighters out of local communities.

Some firms have evacuated non-essential personnel from the area around Warri in Delta state for fear that militant fighters will launch retaliatory attacks on Africa’s biggest oil and gas industry, security sources say.

Italy’s biggest oil and gas company Eni SpA on Wednesday declared force majeure on exports from its Brass River terminal in neighbouring Bayelsa state after militant threats to blockade key waterways to try to prevent oil exports.

An industry source said the total oil output affected by the measure was 52,000 barrels per day (bpd).

Royal Dutch Shell said it was also investigating reports of an attack on one of its facilities in the Niger Delta.

But Nigeria’s state oil company NNPC said there been no significant impact on oil production so far, which was running at around 1.6 million barrels per day before the latest unrest.

SOURCED FROM REUTERS

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4 Responses

  1. Lets live in unity, peace and progress coz someday we will leave this world, there we will give an account of our live back then on planet Earth..

    PEACE I SAY !!!!

    • Thank u Joskysanto u ve spoken very well. DEFINATELY WE NEED PEACE AND SECURITY AS ONE OF THE AGENDA OF MR PRESIDENT

  2. In our best interest not to let the masses suffer from the offence they did not know about, let the federal govt restructure our percentage derivation for large scale oil producing states.Also let the federal goverment know that no matter how much food you give to an hungry child without giving him the right meal the child intends to eat, the child to you will be assumed feed but to the toddler, you just ended up satisfying his present need.niger deltans fight a good fight but in a wrong cos. let trace our footsteps back to when oil was not yet dicrovered we lived in peace but now oil is now a curse instead of blessing i believe we caused it and i believe we can amend it by claiming PEACE as our only alternative to living a profitable life. “NIGER DELTANS LETS UNITE”

  3. […] sorrow, tears & blood that has become the regular trademark of the never ending battle over the Niger Delta’s oil, planting one’s musical seeds & making it in a concrete jungle thirsty for the return […]

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