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Associated Press: Nigeria villagers seize 3 oil platforms

By DULUE MBACHU, Associated Press Writer
12 minutes ago 

LAGOS, Nigeria – Angry villagers in Nigeria stormed and seized three Shell oil platforms Wednesday in the volatile Niger Delta, forcing oil production to be shut down at each one, a spokesman for the oil company said.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC officials declined to say how much oil had been cut off after the platforms were attacked.

Shell said in statement that members of the Kula community living near Shell’s Ekulama 1, Ekulama 2 and Belema oil pumping stations invaded the facilities Wednesday, accusing the oil giant of failing to meet the terms of an agreement to provide them aid.”We had to shut the facilities,” the statement said, giving no other details.

Attacks by armed militants in Nigeria’s oil region have cut more than a quarter of the country’s oil exports since the beginning of this year.

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