Following the victory of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari in last Saturday’s presidential election, threats by Niger Delta militants have forced the oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), to shut some of its operations in Delta and Bayelsa states.
According to The Nation, militants have already warned the company through threat messages and these threats seem to be connected with the failure of President Jonathan at the polls.
A source in the community disclosed that: militants have sent a warning to Shell to park up their operations in the area if they don’t want to be attacked and the reason is because President Jonathan has lost the election.
“So from what I have gathered, Shell has closed her flow station at Tunu, Benisede and Kussu. These flow stations are situated between Burutu local government area in Delta, Ekeremor and Southern Ijaw in Bayelsa state.
However, Shell has denied shutting down some of its operations because of threats from militants.The company spokesman Joseph Obari said the company would also not comment on security issues.
Prior to the March 28 election, militants in the Niger Delta threatened to disrupt the operations of oil companies if Jonathan fails in his re-election bid.
However, the former commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, has called for calm and order after the outcome of the presidential and National Assembly elections.