The people of Belema and Offoi-ama communities in Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State have occupied a facility belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) five days after shutting down the facility over alleged neglect.
Naijavoxpop correspondent was at the scene of the protest and reports that women and youths have turned the facility into their place of residence with mat and cooking pots as they chant ‘Shell must go’.
Some of the aggrieved indigenes of Shell host communities who spoke to newsmen complained that they have suffered under development for the past 37 years of SPDC’s operation in the area.
The protesters said they are tired of divide and rule tactics employed by the oil multinational operating in their land and called on the state and federal government to intervene in order to prevent unforeseen problem that may arise if nothing is done urgently.
Sukubo Sara-Igbe who doubles as the youth leader in the community and state chairman of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) insisted that the protest will continue until their demands are meant.
Meanwhile, traditional rulers in the two protesting communities have thrown their weight behind the people’s protest. Continue reading