Members of the Egbebiri community in Biseni clan, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, have seized an oil field owned by Nigerian Agip Oil Company.
It was learnt that the Idu field had five oil wells numbered as 3, 6, 8, 11 and 12.
The people were said to have shut the oil wells over the alleged failure of the oil company to satisfy some of their demands.
A source, who craved anonymity, said, “Five oil wells operated by Agip in the company’s Idu field in Biseni have been shut by community members. Wellheads 3, 6, 8, 11 and 12 have been shut since Sunday night till now.”
The source said the community took the decision after its many entreaties to the company allegedly fell on deaf ears.
The community members were said to have written to the Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, and the Department of State Security to inform them about their disagreement with the oil firm.
One of the community leaders, who identified himself simply as Solomon, confirmed that the community shut the wellheads because of the company’s inability to comply with their demands.
“We shut down the wellheads because they refuse to comply with our demands,” he said.
Solomon said the community had asked Agip to solve the problem of darkness in the area by giving them a generator.
“The generator they gave us in 2003 has since packed up. Our community has been thrown into darkness since then,” he said.
Solomon said the residents also wanted Agip to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with them and to change the names of the oil wells to the community’s name.
He said, “We have been talking to them about this but they have done nothing. They should call for real meetings with the manager of Agip. Our wellheads are numbered in Idu name. They should change it to our community name.
“They are paying for only four wellheads instead of six. We won’t release the wellheads until they call us for a meeting and resolve the issues.
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