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TODAYS ZAMAN (Turkey): Shell Nigeria tightens security after rebel freed


Royal Dutch Shell tightened security for staff in Nigeria’s anarchic Niger Delta on Friday as a precaution after the release of a prominent rebel leader, security sources said.
Shell told non-essential staff to stay at home and restricted the movement of others because of uncertainty over how Thursday’s court decision to free Mujahid Dokubo-Asari on bail would play out in the lawless delta. “It’s a precautionary measure, just in case there is any trouble,” said one security expert working for oil majors. Armed groups in the delta have welcomed the release of Asari, whose detention was one of the factors fuelling an 18-month wave of pipeline bombings and abductions, but the fear is that their celebrations could turn rough. Asari, a fiery orator, has yet to speak publicly since his release and much will depend on what he says when he returns to the region.

Newly inaugurated President Umaru Yar’Adua has made overtures towards the militants, who interpreted the release of Asari as a political decision to appease them, but despite the budding peace process the situation in the delta is volatile.
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