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FirstBank, Shell oppose Nigerian group's bid to seize assets in oil spill dispute

Jan 15 2021

YENAGOA/LAGOS Nigeria's FirstBank and a unit of energy giant Shell said on Friday members of a community in southern Nigeria had no right to seize assets from a bank branch this week in a dispute over compensation for an oil spill more than five decades ago.

Oil companies tighten Nigeria security as protests, job losses stoke tension

Nov 18 2020

PORT HARCOURT/LAGOS Oil companies have asked security services to tighten surveillance as violent anti-police brutality protests and the expected sacking of hundreds of workers worsen desperation in the region, industry sources told Reuters.

Nigerian police pledge ICRC training as thousands protest nationwide

Oct 18 2020

LAGOS/YENAGOA The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will help train Nigeria's new tactical force as thousands nationwide continued to march against police brutality and in demand of further reforms, Nigeria's police inspector general said in a statement on Sunday.

Nigeria's police vow to stop using force against protesters in wake of deaths

Oct 13 2020

YENAGOA/ABUJA, Nigeria Nigeria's police agreed to stop using force against protesters who accuse them of brutality, the presidency said on Tuesday, a day after law enforcement agents shot live fire at demonstrators in Lagos where an official said two people were killed.

Nigeria's nationwide police protests spread to southern oil hub

Oct 13 2020

YENAGOA, Nigeria Oct 13 Nigerian protests seeking an end to alleged police brutality were held nationwide on Tuesday, spreading to southern oil city Port Harcourt a day after police opened live fire on protesters in Lagos where an official said two people were killed.

Nigeria makes changes to reduce risk of marginal oilfield disputes

Jun 30 2020

YENAGOA, Nigeria Nigeria has changed the way marginal oilfields are allocated to avoid legal problems that bedevilled a previous bidding round, the director of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) said on Tuesday.

Nigerian oil union suspends industrial action after Exxon Mobil workers freed

Apr 19 2020

YENAGOA, Nigeria A major Nigerian oil union has suspended planned industrial action after 21 Exxon Mobil Corp. employees quarantined last week after their arrest for violating coronavirus-related movement restrictions were freed, it said on Sunday.

UPDATE 1-Nigeria's Nembe oil pipeline hit by shutdown, protests

May 06 2019

YENAGOA, Nigeria, May 6 Oil facilities in Nigeria's Nembe region have been hit by a shutdown and protests which began on Sunday, operator Aiteo said on Monday, including a major crude pipeline and a logistics base.

Two Shell oil workers rescued after Nigeria Delta region kidnapping: police

Apr 30 2019

LAGOS Two Royal Dutch Shell oil workers who were kidnapped in Nigeria's southern Niger Delta region last week have been rescued, a police spokesman and Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) said on Tuesday.

Governor election counting halted in southern Nigeria oil state

Mar 10 2019

YENAGOA, Nigeria Counting in the vote to elect the governor of the oil-rich southern Nigerian state of Rivers was suspended on Sunday, the electoral commission said, following violence at polling stations and collation centers.

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