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allAfrica.com: Nigeria: FNDIC and Others Charge Shell to Stop Pollution and Gas Flaring

Vanguard (Lagos)
October 30, 2006
Emma Amaize
Warri

FEDERATED Niger Delta Ijaw Communities (FNDIC) and other militant groups in the region, weekend, rolled out four conditions under which the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) will be allowed by the Ijaw to resume operations in the creeks of Delta State.

Leader of the group, Chief Bello Oboko, in a document said, “They must stop further devastating oil pollution of the Niger Delta environment, extinguish forthwith all gas flaring in the region, no longer operate behind the terror of soldiers, work toward the disbandment of Joint Security Task Force in the Niger Delta and demilitarise the Ijaw land, work to see to the immediate release of all Niger Delta activists from prisons, and also guarantee peaceful resolution of the Niger Delta crisis, which tension is identifiably caused by its practice of double standards/divide and rule”.

He said that the delay in returning to the creeks by the company was not the fault of the militants but that of the company, which sabotaged the well-laid out re-entry programme that was agreed with Ijaw youth leaders, when it allegedly sidetracked the leadership to send a different delegation to Letugbene on a rescue mission of their staff, Mr. Nelson Ujeya, who died in the aborted rescue mission that left 15 Ijaw peace emissaries/negotiators dead.

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