Buhari’s woes increases as ExxonMobil is shut down

Chevron, Agip and ExxonMobil have had its operations shut down in the restive Niger Delta region. Operational activities at ExxonMobil’s plant in Ibeno local government area of Akwa Ibom State is currently down, due to restive youths in the region.

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Report reveals that a protest was staged at the entrance of oil giant facility due to a huge oil spill in the area. The spill can continued unabated for a whole week.

The protest began in the wee hours of the morning till evening, thus paralyzing business relations between members of the public and the oil firm.

The oil workers at the Qua Ibo Terminal (QIT) of Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) were forced to go back on seeing the danger posed by the demonstrators. The rampaging youths also blocked the convoy of a top Akwa Ibom State politician believed to be visiting the area on an inspection of newly constructed Eket–Ibeno road.

The youths rebuffed pleas from the State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Inioboong Essien, who rushed to the scene of the protest. In response, about ten vehicle load of members of the Nigerian police force were immediately deployed to the scene.

Amidst shouts and tantrums, the youths displayed placards with inscriptions such as “Ibeno people are suffocating because of oil spill by ExxonMobil, clean our environment”; “ExxonMobil your maintenance culture is very poor, shame on your negligence”; “ExxonMobil oil spill is an offence by law. Stop committing it”; and “Stop gas flaring and oil spills in our environment,” to list but a few.

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ExxonMobil’s Manager for Media and Communications, Mr. Oge Udeagha acknowledged that “In the early hours of Thursday, May 19, 2016, some unknown persons obstructed access to the bridge leading to our Qua Iboe terminal complex in Ibeno, Akwa Ibom state”.

The complex is yet to reopened as at time of filing this report.